Regulatory News

Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand announced the discovery of a Spade-Toothed Whale (Mesoplodon traversii), a species that was considered extinct. The bodies of a female and a cub were found on the beach of Opape in December 2010, but this was revealed only last week because it required a detailed analysis from scientists.

This type of whale was previously described based on three skulls found in New Zealand and Chile. This cetacean, over five meters in length, inhabits the Pacific Ocean, probably in regions far away from the coast. The discovery of the bodies was the first evidence that the species is not extinct.

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