23 Feb '12, 12pm

For first time Aussie researchers catch rare Shepherd's beaked whale on film:

For first time Aussie researchers catch rare Shepherd's beaked whale on film:

This handout picture taken on Jan 19, 2012 and released by the Australian Antarctic Divisionon on Feb 23, 2012 shows a Shepherd's beaked whale off the coast of Australia's Victoria state. The Australian Antarctic Division team was tracking blue whales when they spotted the reclusive mammals, which are so rarely seen no population estimates of the species exist. -- PHOTO: AFP SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian researchers on Thursday revealed they had filmed a pod of extremely rare Shepherd's beaked whales for the first time ever. The Australian Antarctic Division team was tracking blue whales off the coast of Victoria state last month when they spotted the reclusive mammals, which are so rarely seen that no population estimates of the species exist. Voyage leader Michael Double said the black and cream-coloured mammals with prominent dolphin-like beaks had been spotted in the wild ...

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