ABC news (the Australian one) has just posted footage of an extremely rare whale, a Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) off the southern coast of Australia. This video footage (at the link above; I can’t embed it) is the first ever taken of this species, previously known from only 6 sighting and 29 strandings. It’s well worth a look; the whale appears to be swimming in a pod with other species.
Here’s what the beaked whale looks like; this one is from a stranding:
It’s small for a whale; here’s its size relative to that of humans:
Its biology is of course poorly known: what little we do know is described here. It appears to be a deep-water feeder endemic to southern waters. (There are 21 species of beaked whales, and many are poorly known). This is the range of Tasmacetus shepherdi:
h/t: Matthew Cobb