A new species of beaked whales was found in Japan during a DNA analysis of 178 beaked whales around the Pacific Rim. This species is extremely rare and is called “karasu”, or raven, by Japanese whalers. It is darker than most beaked whales and is two-thirds the size of the common beaked whale. Beaked whales are known as such for their dolphin like beaks. They dive thousands of feet into the water to prey on squid and fish. Discovering a new species is quite amazing, but it also reveals how little is known about beaked whales. We do not know how to protect this new species, and we also know very little about its behaviors and more research is needed to answer these questions.
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