First-Ever Video of True’s Beaked WhalesReading time: 2 minutes
First-Ever Video of True’s Beaked Whales – This is the first-ever underwater footage of the rare True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus). The video was shot during an educational trip in the Azores as part of the Master Mind program for young students.
The True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) is a poorly known member of the Ziphiidae family. Their range is thought to be restricted to the temperate or warm temperate waters of the North Atlantic, however, a few stranding records from the southern hemisphere suggest a wider and antitropical distribution.
This group seen in this video was formed by three adult or sub-adult whales. The social behaviour of this species is still unknown but the group seemed to dive in a coordinated manner, as has been observed in other species of beaked whales.
Breaching True´s beaked whales (Image credit: Dylan Walker)
True’s beaked whale stranded at Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) in 2004 (Image credit: Vidal Martín)