🇦🇺

Rarely Seen 'Type D' Killer Whales Filmed Off Chilean Coast

Credit: Storyful Studio
Published on March 11, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

Rarely Seen 'Type D' Killer Whales Filmed Off Chilean Coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said a team of scientists sailing off the coast of Cape Horn, Chile, in January, managed to film a rarely seen type of killer whale.This footage, released by the NOAA Fisheries team, offers a glimpse of the Type D killer whales.

According to a NOAA Fisheries press release, the killer whales were previously spotted off the coast of Paraparaumui, New Zealand, in 1955, and their unusual appearance was speculated to be a genetic mutation.A photograph of similar-looking creatures taken in the Indian Ocean in 2005 made NOAA Fisheries researcher Bob Pitman realize that the whales might be an entirely new species – potentially “the largest undescribed animal left on the planet,” the statement said.Once Pitman heard that the whales had been spotted once again off the coast of Cape Horn, he assembled a team and finally caught the animals on camera.DNA samples from Type D killer whales were being studied to determine how far removed the mammals are from their more typically-seen counterparts.

Credit: NOAA Fisheries via Storyful

Advertisement

You are here

Recent related videos from verified sources

Pod of Humpback Whales Spotted Traveling North Off Hawaii Coast 02:00
Credit: Storyful Studio - Published 3 days ago 

Trio of Killer Whales Seen Frolicking in Vancouver Harbour 00:35
Credit: Storyful Studio - Published 1 week ago 

New Study Shows Great White Sharks Fear Killer Whales 00:37
Credit: Wochit - Published 1 week ago 

WEB EXTRA: Whales Spotted In Vancouver 00:34
Credit: CBS4 Miami - Published 1 week ago 

Orcas spotted in Vancouver harbour 00:34
Credit: Reuters - Viral Video - Published 1 week ago 

Whale Watchers Witness Orca Family's 'Cat and Mouse' Sea Lion Hunt 01:46
Credit: Storyful Studio - Published 2 weeks ago 

Killer Whales Hunt and Kill Blue Whale on West Australian Coast 00:37
Credit: Storyful Studio - Published 2 weeks ago 

Killer whale unbelievably swims right beside man in kayak 00:36
Credit: Rumble Studio - Published 2 weeks ago 

You might like