One of the rarest and most elusive animals on Earth has been filmed for the first time ever.
It is a True’s beaked whale, animals who have dolphin-like noses who spend most of their lives deep below the water.
They reach about 17 feet long, they probably eat squid and can live for hours after one single breath. They are the size of elephants but no one had ever found them before.
So far, scientists only knew about them through carcasses but no one had ever seen them live. This incredible footage was taken by students who were on an educational trip in the Azores in 2013.
It was reviewed and only recently released. The footage came out on the journal PeerJ with a detailed study on this kind of whales.
It explained data from different sources, including genetic insights and other beaked whale species. The idea is that despite we barely know these animals, human activity could really arm then.
We don’t really know what’s going on deep in the waters, so we better start making a better choice to protect the Earth and those who live on it.