A new mammal discovery? Yes, it’s official. The scientific community put a seal of approval on a new deep sea mammal. Deep sea mammals are a challenge to find, let alone study. Especially this new mammal species because it spends time 6,000 feet under the ocean!
DEEP SEA MAMMALS
I’m excited but Louie was not, at least not initially. He hates the ocean and hates swimming.
I told him that we can read all about this cool new mammal discovery without getting wet.
Unfortunately, he can’t partake in my new chocolate cake discovery either, because of the chocolate!
With a bribe of his favorite salmon jerky, Louie acquiesced on both counts. Let’s take a tour of the deep sea, focusing on deep sea mammals.
NEW SPECIES OF WHALE: BEAKED WHALE
You’re wondering how a beak looks on a whale. Not as bad as Louie’s bucket hat .
If you check out the whale skull in the photo below, it does resemble a beak!
In 2011, a pregnant, beaked whale washed up onto shore in New Zealand, which –obviously—made examination accessible. (and a little sad!)
Māori whale specialist Ramari Stewart discovered the whale. (below) This species is named after her.
NEW MAMMAL DISCOVERY : RAMARI'S BEAKED WHALE
NEW MAMMAL SPECIES: SIZE COMPARISON
For a frame of reference, how about we back it up & gather some facts about whales!
SEA MAMMALS : BASIC WHALE FACTS
What isn’t as obvious is that there are two types of whales; baleen and toothed. The key difference between them is the way they feed and what they have inside their mouth.
If you went through the slide show above, you’re probably wondering why I included a photo of what is quite obviously a bottlenose dolphin.
Another intriguing difference between baleen and toothed whales is the number of blowholes on top of their head!
DEEP SEA MAMMALS : BALEEN WHALES con't
SEA MAMMALS : TOOTHED WHALES
Keep reading and you’ll know how, too!
As an aside, in ultrasound imaging, echoes are produced when sound waves bounce off tissues.
DOLPHINS VERSUS PORPOISES
As I’d said, I was surprised to learn that the toothed whales include all species of dolphins & porpoises.
And I admit that I didn’t know the differences between dolphins versus porpoises. But I do now!
Let’s sort it out.
WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES
SEA MAMMALS : ORCA
“Killer” is an unfair designation. This happened because remains of cute little seals have been found in orca’s stomachs. No one calls a blue whale a ‘killer’ when it sucks in 8000 pounds of krill every day.
Even NOAA uses the headline ‘killer whale’ to gain views! (video below about a possible new species of orca…not yet official.)
DEEP SEA MAMMALS
WE MADE SENSE OF SCIENCE!
What a fun romp in the ocean with the cetaceans! Even Louie agrees!
And you had a front row seat! (Yes, I’ve been fiddling around with pasting photos in photos. It’s fun, too.)
Now for the most important questions; seals or krill? Which is cuter? Which one would you eat?