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Weird NewsNew whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan

18:57  09 september  2019
18:57  09 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A small black whale found in Pacific Ocean waters off the northern coastline of Japan has been identified by scientists as a new species . Whalers based in Japan ’ s northernmost island Hokkaido are thought to have long been aware of the existence of the beaked whales , referring to them by a local

The new whale species , Berardius minimus, in the wild. Tadasu K. Yamada et al It was identified from six specimens that were found stranded along the northernmost coast of Japan ’ s northern island, Hokkaido. Locals also tell of another type of whale in the area that they call Karasu, or “crow.”

New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan

Japanese scientists have confirmed that a new whale species has been identified as 'Black Baird's beaked whale' after carrying out DNA testing.

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The new whale ’s relative, the Baird ’ s beaked whale , is named after renowned 17th century naturalist, Spencer F. Baird and is known for impressive deep-diving and DNA analysis comparing the three beaked whale species confirmed the black Baird ’ s beaked whale to be distinct, as well.

Four-toothed whales or giant beaked whales are beaked whales in the genus Berardius ("tsuchi"). They include Arnoux' s beaked whale (Berardius arnuxii) in cold Southern Hemisphere waters

The new species has often been spotted by whalers in the north Pacific Ocean but it has never before been officially recognised as it continued to elude researchers.

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

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New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan
New whale species called the 'Black Baird's beaked whale' is discovered off the coast of Japan

Researchers were able to carry out DNA testing on the remains of six stranded beaked whales that were found on the coasts of the Okhotsk Sea.

They then discovered that they were in fact a complete new species - identified as Black Baird's beaked whale (Berardius minimus).

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

The maximum body size recorded among the black species so far is 6.9 metres, compared to 10 metres among their better-known cousins.

All species of beaked whale are hard to document since they prefer deep ocean waters and have a long diving capacity.

Professor Takashi Matsuishi of Hokkaido University led the research team.

He said: 'There are still many things we don't know about [this species].

'We still don't know what adult females look like and there are still many questions related to species distribution, for example.

'We hope to continue expanding what we know.'

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