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Tiny group of whales in Gulf of Mexico is a new species

National Park Service via AP

The tiny group of endangered whales that make the Gulf of Mexico their home turns out to be a previously unknown species.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 11:03 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tiny group of endangered whales that make the Gulf of Mexico their home turns out to be a previously unknown species. The best count is that there are about 33 of the long, slender filter feeders - and definitely fewer than 100 of them. They’re listed as endangered in the U.S. and as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They were classified as a Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-duhs) whale subspecies, but many scientists suspected they were something different. An expert who didn't work on the paper calls it very exciting.

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