DNA tests confirmed beached NZ whales were never before seen species | Pacific Beat

DNA tests confirmed beached NZ whales were never before seen species

DNA tests confirmed beached NZ whales were never before seen species

Updated 8 November 2012, 9:55 AEST

A dead whale and its baby that washed up on a beach near the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand has been identified as the world's rarest whale species, which had never before been sighted in the flesh.

The spade-toothed beaked female and its calf were found beached about two years ago, but have only been conclusively identified as the rare species.

They're the first whole specimens of the whale ever sighted, and show the species is probably not extinct.

Presenter:Campbell Cooney

Speaker:Kirsten Thompson, research scientist, University of Auckland

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Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney

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Campbell joined the ABC in 1997 and has been reporting as Radio Australia’s Pacific Correspondent since 2006.

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