Nature & Environment
Very rare whale filmed for the first time
By T.K. Randall
November 1, 2015 · 3 comments
The whale was filmed up close. Image Credit: YouTube / New England Aquarium / Salvatore Cerchio
Researchers have managed to record the first ever footage of one of the world's most elusive whales.
The species, which is so rare that there had never even been a confirmed sighting of one in the wild until now, remains a bit of an enigma and nobody knows exactly how many of them there might be.
Measuring up to 38ft in length, the Omura's whale is smaller than the blue whale and looks very similar to the Bryde's whale which has made locating a live specimen quite challenging.
"Over the years, there have been a small handful of possible sightings of Omura's whales, but nothing that was confirmed," said Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium.
The new footage, which was filmed off the coast of Madagascar, can be viewed below.
Source: Huffington Post
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