Researchers near the western coast of Mexico have discovered a species of whale, which they believe belongs to a previously undiscovered species, according to a statement published by the “Sea Shepherd Conservation Society”, concerned with marine life.
The discovery, announced this week, came when, on the morning of November 17, scientists noticed three beaked whales floating in the waters near them.
Scientists saw previously unknown whales 100 miles north of Mexico’s San Benito Islands, some 300 miles from the US border.
The scientific expedition led by researchers in beaked whales, Gustavo Cardenas, Jay Barlow, and Elizabeth Henderson, in cooperation with the Society, aims to study marine mammals found in the waters surrounding the San Benito Islands.
The team identified the new whale through an unknown acoustic signal that had been previously recorded in the same area.
When the whales were caught, scientists took pictures and videos of them and placed a specialized microphone underwater to record the sound signals they emit.
According to the association, scientists are “very confident” that the photographic and audio evidence they have confirms the existence of a completely new whale species.
The team has taken the necessary environmental, genetic samples from the site, which are subject to analysis, and it is expected that the presence of this new type of whale will be proven through it.
“We saw something new. Something that was not expected in this region,” said scientist Jay Barlow.
He added that what they saw was “something that does not correspond visually or acoustically to anything that is known to exist.”