Elusive Omura’s Whale Found!

[This story first appeared on BBC Earth on 30 October 2015]

 

With bodies as long as school buses, you would think that Omura’s whales could never go unnoticed. Yet they are among the most mysterious of whales.

The species was only given its name, based on dead specimens, in 2003. Since then scientists have failed to find live ones.

Now the wait is over. Whale researchers have discovered a population of Omura’s whales living near Madagascar. Their study, published in Royal Society Open Science, offers the first glimpse of how these elusive whales live.

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