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Japanese government adds fin whales to its kill list

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Icelandic hunting vessels in port

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Blue whale tail Christopher Swann

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Rare ‘new’ whale may have been spotted for only the second time

Could this be an Omura's whale?

An extremely elusive whale species has possibly been spotted for what is thought to be only the second ever time.

Footage from Thailand appears to show a pair of white Omura's whales swimming along beside a tourist boat near Phuket in the Andaman Sea.

The Omura’s whale is the most recently identified whale species; they were first recognised from dead specimens in 2003 and first seen alive in the wild in 2015.

Very little is known about these whales, but we do know that they are long, thin and very streamlined, and that they are counter-shaded, dark grey above and whitish on the belly. They like to travel alone or in pairs and have previously been mistaken for Bryde’s whales as both species look similar and live in tropical seas.  We now know that the Omura’s whale is not related to the Bryde’s whale at all but we are still unsure of how many exist, or how rare they are. We are still learning about their distribution, population sizes, and possible variations in appearance.

Find out more about the Omura's whale here