Scientists Record Rare and Unusual Sperm Whale Encounter

April 16, 2015 11:48 AM

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Even veteran marine scientists can’t call it something they’d experience on a regular basis, but a group of scientists were able to document a unique sighting recently, as they were able to get a rare glimpse of a sperm whale. This was part of the E/V Nautilus’ ongoing mission to map the Galapagos Rift and understand aquatic life in the location.

A video of the encounter shows one of the scientists monitoring the ROV Hercules underwater vehicle asking “what the heck is that?”, with another one announcing that it may have been a humpback whale they just sighted. As it turned out, it was a sperm whale that was circling the E/V Nautilus a few ...

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