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Mysterious killer whale discovered: May be new species

for several decades, fishermen and tourists alleged that glimpsed a different type of killer whale off Chile's southern coast, but it is only now that research

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Mysterious killer whale discovered: May be new species

for several decades, fishermen and tourists alleged that glimpsed a different type of killer whale off Chile's southern coast, but it is only now that researchers have been able to take samples to confirm that it is actually a yet undiscovered species of killer whales.

" We are very excited by what the genetic analyses will show. It can be a clear indication of how little we know about life in our oceans, " says Bob Pitman, marinforskare which was a part of the research team who discovered the whales, to the Independent.

Späckhuggarna, not yet identified, called currently the ”Type D”.

Top killer whale is described as a ”typical” killer whale, while the lower one is the ”Type D” which is smaller, and has a more rounded head and narrower, more pointed fins. Photo: Illustration: Uko Gorter

they glimpsed the ”Type D”, but the researcher had previously explained their anomalous appearance as a genetic mutation. Compared with other orcas are of the ”Type D” is slightly smaller, and has a more rounded head and narrower, more pointed fins.

According to the magazine Pitman have been looking for späckhuggarna since 2005, when he for the first time got to see a picture of them. The whales are difficult to find because they live far to the south in what Pitman describes as one of ”the most unpleasant sea on the planet”.

" I have been looking for them for 14 years. Now I have finally got to see them, " he says.

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