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Japanese scientists have confirmed a new species of whale that has been identified as & # 39; Black Baird & # 39; s beaked whale & # 39; after performing DNA tests

New whale species called & # 39; Black Baird & # 39; s beaked whale & # 39; are discovered off the coast of Japan

  • Researchers tested the remains of six stranded, unidentified, beak-shaped whales
  • They were washed ashore on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, in the northern Pacific Ocean
  • Species of whale are difficult to document because they prefer deep ocean water and have a long diving capacity
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Japanese scientists have confirmed that a new whale species has been identified as & # 39; Black Baird & # 39; s beaked whale & # 39; after performing DNA tests.

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The new species has often been seen by whalers in the North Pacific, but has never been officially recognized because it continued to evade researchers.

But the carcasses of various unidentified whales continued to wash ashore on the shores of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, while others were caught by fishing vessels.

Japanese scientists have confirmed a new species of whale that has been identified as & # 39; Black Baird & # 39; s beaked whale & # 39; after performing DNA tests

Japanese scientists have confirmed a new species of whale that has been identified as & # 39; Black Baird & # 39; s beaked whale & # 39; after performing DNA tests

The new whale species has often been seen by whalers in the northern Pacific Ocean, but has never been officially recognized because it continued to evade researchers

The new whale species has often been seen by whalers in the northern Pacific Ocean, but has never been officially recognized because it continued to evade researchers

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The new whale species has often been seen by whalers in the northern Pacific Ocean, but has never been officially recognized because it continued to evade researchers

Researchers were able to perform DNA tests on the remains of six stranded whales that were found on the shores of the Okhotsk Sea.

They then discovered that they were in fact a completely new species – identified as Black Baird & beaked whale (Berardius minimus).

This new species is similar to the Baird's whale, but is smaller in size, darker in color and has a shorter beak.

But they were able to perform DNA tests on the remains of six stranded, unidentified, beaked whales that were found on the shores of the Okhotsk Sea

But they were able to perform DNA tests on the remains of six stranded, unidentified, beaked whales that were found on the shores of the Okhotsk Sea

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But they were able to perform DNA tests on the remains of six stranded, unidentified, beaked whales that were found on the shores of the Okhotsk Sea

The maximum body size registered with the black species so far is 6.9 meters, compared to 10 meters with their better-known cousins.

All types of whale are difficult to document because they prefer deep ocean water and have a long diving capacity.

Professor Takashi Matsuishi from Hokkaido University led the research team.

He said: & # 39; There are still many things that we don't know (this kind).

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& # 39; We still do not know what mature females look like and there are still many questions regarding the distribution of species, for example.

& # 39; We hope we can expand further with what we know. & # 39;

This new species is similar to the Baird's whale, but is smaller in size, darker in color and has a shorter beak. The maximum body size registered with the black species so far is 6.9 meters (above), compared to 10 meters below their better-known cousins ​​(below)

This new species is similar to the Baird's whale, but is smaller in size, darker in color and has a shorter beak. The maximum body size registered with the black species so far is 6.9 meters (above), compared to 10 meters below their better-known cousins ​​(below)

This new species is similar to the Baird's whale, but is smaller in size, darker in color and has a shorter beak. The maximum body size registered with the black species so far is 6.9 meters (above), compared to 10 meters below their better-known cousins ​​(below)

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