New Whale Species Found in Alaska

Again proving the mysteries of the ocean are almost as overwhelming and infinite as those in space, a new species of whale has just been discovered in Alaska. When the 24-feet-long corpse washed ashore in the Pribilof Islands community of St George(in Alaska’s Bering Sea) back in 2014, it was believed to be a Baird’s beaked whale. But this week it was revealed that it is, in fact, “an entirely new species—a smaller, odd-shaped black cetacean.” Phillip Morin (a molecular geneticist) says, “It’s just so exciting to think that in 2016 we’re still discovering things in our world—even mammals that are more than 20 feet long.” Read more at National Geographic.