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4 hours ago ·
USA: Mysterious new whale species discovered in Alaska
- Scientists say a dead whale on a desolate beach and a skeleton hanging in a high school gym are a new species. Yet experts have never seen one alive -
Like many good mysteries, this one started with a corpse, but the body in question was 24 feet (7.3 meters) long.
The remains floated ashore in June of 2014, in the Pribilof Islands community of St. George, a tiny oasis of rock and grass in the middle of Alaska's Bering Sea. A young biology teacher spotted the carcass half-buried in sand on a desolate windswept beach. He alerted a former fur seal researcher who presumed, at first, that she knew what they'd found: a Baird's beaked whale, a large, gray, deep-diving creature that occasionally washes in dead with the tide.
But a closer examination later showed that the flesh was too dark, the dorsal fin too big and floppy. The animal was too short to be an adult, but its teeth were worn and yellowed with age.
It turns out, according to new research published Tuesday, that this was not a Baird's beaked whale at all, but an entirely new species—a smaller, odd-shaped black cetacean that Japanese fishermen have long called karasu, or raven.
"We don't know how many there are, where they're typically found, anything," says Phillip Morin, a molecular geneticist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. "But we're going to start looking."
Read in full at news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/new-whale-species/
Image: The newly discovered species of beaked whale which washed up in Alaska (c) Karin Holser, via Nat Geo ... See MoreSee Less
20 hours ago ·
EIA's all-access online tiger resource 'Where Are the Tigers?' updated for International Tiger Day
Follow the link below to find our updated tiger resource, featuring:
* an updated interactive global map of tigers in captivity, facilities implicated in trade and planned facilities
* a tiger farming timeline
* the latest statistic of wild versus captive tiger populations
* a navigable quick guide to captive tigers, tiger farms and illegal trade
Visit 'Where Are the Tigers?' at eia-international.org/where-are-the-tigers
#China #Vietnam #Thailand #Laos #tigers #TigerDay #tigerbonewine #tigerfarming #whereRthetigers
Image: Bengal tiger, Bandhavgarh, India (c) Elliott Neep / www.elliottneep.com ... See MoreSee Less
21 hours ago ·