US researchers claim to find new species of beaked whale off Mexico

LOS ANGELES (Xinhua) – Researchers believed that they have found a new species of beaked whale

off Mexico’s western Pacific coast, a United States (US) marine mammal biologist told
media recently.

Jay Barlow, a retired adjunct professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, said their team spotted three unusual specimens on November 17 near Mexico’s remote San Benito Islands, about 500 km south of the US border.

The beaked whales look and sound different from the approximately 23 other known species, according to the professor.

The team was sailing in the sea in mid-November, in hopes of identifying the source of an unidentified acoustic signal, when they came upon the new beaked whales who actually swam up near their ship, Barlow said.

The researchers have taken samples in the waters to try to determine whether it is a new species.