World's rarest whales seen by human eyes for the first time ever11/6/2012
Back in 2010, folks in New Zealand stumbled upon the corpses of a female whale and her male calf washed up on Opape Beach on the nation's North Island. At the time, they had no idea they'd found a species that had never been seen by humans, first identified in 1872 only by bone fragments. Only after DNA analysis did scientists realize they had a pair of spade-toothed beaked whales, the rarest species of whale on Earth. Dr. Rochelle Constantine of the University of Auckland said it was the first time a full specimen of the 16-foot giants had ever been found. "New Zealand is surrounded by massive oceans," she said. "There is a lot of marine life that remains unknown to us." Creepy! [Source]
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