A 46-second video of a rare species of whale has been released by students on a trip to the Azores, a set of islands in the North Atlantic sea, near Portugal. It’s the first time that the True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) is caught on camera.
“Imagine. These are animals the size of elephants that we just can’t find,” said Natacha Aguilar de Soto, lead author of a studio that was published along with the video.
The species was first described in 1913 by Frederick W. True from an adult female that had stranded on the outer bank of Bird Island Shoal, Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina, in July 1912. It reaches around 17 ft, with the females weighing 3,100 lb and the males weighing 2,230 lb.