Scientists and conservationists of the Sea Shepherd Research Mission capture footage of an unidentified whale species in the waters north of the San Benito Islands.
Sea Shepherd Research Mission Discovers Possible New Whale Species
Ensenada, BCN, Mexico – Dec. 8, 2020 – Researchers working with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society believe that they have discovered a previously unknown species of whale off the western coast of Mexico. On the morning of November 17, scientists on board Sea Shepherd vessel Martin Sheen observed three beaked whales surfacing in nearby waters. The sightings occurred 100 miles north of Mexico’s San Benito Islands, a group of three remote islands located approximately 300 miles (493km) from the US border.
The discovery of a new species of whale proves how much mystery there is left to discover
“Sea Shepherd strongly believes in the critical role that scientific research plays in supporting strong conservation action. To properly protect something, you have to love it; and you cannot love that which you do not know. The discovery of a new species of beaked whale proves how much mystery there is left to discover in the oceans that our captains, crews, and research partners fight to defend,” said Peter Hammarstedt, Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd.
5 ORGANISATIONS YOU CAN SUPPORT TO HELP SAVE WHALES
If ocean conservation and helping whales is your issue of choice, there are lots of wonderful organisations dedicated to saving the whales that you can support to help make a difference. Check out the following selection of groups that are doing great work for our marine mammal friends, and could use your support.