Check Out the First Ever Footage of the Rare True’s Beaked Whale

A video of a rare species of whale was recently released, marking the first time the whale has been captured on film in the wild.

Beaked whales — a family of 22 cetacean species characterized by dolphin-like noses and missile-shaped bodies — are among the most elusive animals on Earth. Why? They dive deeper and longer than any other marine mammal and spend an more than 90 percent of their lives far beneath the ocean surface.

One species in particular, the True’s beaked whale, is so rare that only a handful of people have ever seen it alive. Until now. The 46-second video clip of the animal above was taken by students on a trip to the Azores, a set of islands in the North Atlantic sea.

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