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Icelandic fin whales win a reprieve this summer

Icelandic fin whales win a reprieve this summer

I can’t tell you how delighted I am at the news that fin whales will...
Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

The Canadian government has officially passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. From...
Russian company behind infamous ‘whale jail’ is fined

Russian company behind infamous ‘whale jail’ is fined

A Russian company behind the ‘whale jail’ housing 10 orcas and over 80 beluga whales...
Calling all science, technology, engineering and mathematics fans!

Calling all science, technology, engineering and mathematics fans!

To celebrate World Oceans Day today, WDC’s partners Mercury Learning have released another of their...

True's beaked whales caught on camera for first time

Scientists have recorded video footage of a group of True’s beaked whales, one the world’s most elusive whales, for the first time.

Beaked whales live in deep, offshore waters so encounters with the creatures are rare. This sighting took place in the Azores on an educational expedition for a group of schoolchildren. The whales came to the surface for around ten minutes. So rare are sightings of this species that scientists studying the footage were able to update their knowledge about the colouration of the whales. They are known to have a white patch on top of the whale’s head, which the footage shows extends further along the body than had previously been thought.

Read the scientific paper at: True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) in Macaronesia (PeerJ )