The new whale species, Berardius minimus, in the wild,Tadasu K. Yamada et al., Scientific Reports. August 30, 2019
Tadasu K. Yamada et al., Scientific Reports. August 30, 2019
“There are still many things we don’t know about B. minimus,” says Takashi Matsuishi, lead researcher on the study. “We still don’t know what adult females look like, and there are still many questions related to species distribution, for example. We hope to continue expanding what we know about B. minimus.”
And this may not be the last new species to be found in the vicinity. Locals also tell of another type of whale in the area that they call Karasu, or “crow.” They could of course be referring to the newly-described B. minimus, but the researchers say that there’s also a chance that there’s another new species roaming the northern Japanese waters.
The new species was described in a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Source: Hokkaido University