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New Beaked Whale Species Discovered in Alaska

National Geographic

This new beaked whale species doesn't even have a name yet!

It's hard to believe that in 2016, something as big as a whale could still be hiding on our planet. Granted, the ocean is pretty big, but still, it's a freaking whale. According to sources, only a few of this new beaked whale species has ever been seen, and none alive. It wasn't until scientists looked a little closer at a recently washed up dead whale in Alaska, that they realized what they had.

Alaska's Bering Sea still holds some mysteries. As the best guess of the scientists involved, this might be one of the only places these whales swim. Back in 2014, the dead whale that was found was passed off as a Baird's beaked whale. However, upon closer examination of this second dead whale, they found it wasn't close to the same species at all.

"We don't know how many there are, where they're typically found, anything," says Phillip Morin, geneticist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. "But we're going to start looking."

Now that this new beaked whale species is confirmed, more efforts will be spent learn more about them. What is even more remarkable is that the waters where this whale inhabits has been heavily researched for decades.

"It's just so exciting to think that in 2016 we're still discovering things in our world--even mammals that are more than 20 feet long," said Morin.

Here's to hoping for more great discoveries.

Look out Bigfoot. You're next.


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New Beaked Whale Species Discovered in Alaska