Rare Whale Brought to Australian Coast by Storm

15.04.2015

A very valuable discovery was made by biologists near the town of Exmouth, Western Australia. The strongest tropical storm Alvin, which raged there in late March, brought a carcass of a rare whale, Omura’s whale, to a local beach. Over ten years ago it was stated as a separate type using molecular genetic studies. Now it is one of the most insufficiently explored species of marine mammals on Earth. Scientists do not know neither their size nor where or how Omura’s whales live.

Rare Whale Brought to Australian Coast by Storm

Detection of rare whale carcass is the most valuable discovery for scientists who will now be able to learn more about this species. This is only the second case of discovery of this species in Australia in history. We only know that Omura's whales mostly inhabit the Pacific Ocean near the coast of the Japanese archipelago. But the studies will show how far their natural habitat extends.