We have so much to learn! I wonder what the physical difference is? Something
must have made them look further into this new whale.
Thank you for sharing this info.
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Subject: [cinc] New Species of Baleen Whale in the Gulf of Mexico
A new one to add to the list! "Rice's Whale"
New Species of Baleen Whale in the Gulf of Mexico
New research provides a body of evidence supporting the existence of an
undescribed species of baleen whale from the Gulf of Mexico. The whale
previously known as the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale is actually a new whale
species, Rice's whale.
The name Rice’s whale is in honor of renowned American biologist Dale Rice who
had a distinguished 60-year career in marine mammal science. He was the first
researcher to recognize that Bryde's whales (now Rice’s whales) are present in
the Gulf of Mexico.