Tiny group of whales in Gulf of Mexico is a new species

National Park Service via AP

The tiny group of endangered whales that make the Gulf of Mexico their home turns out to be a previously unknown species.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 11:03 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tiny group of endangered whales that make the Gulf of Mexico their home turns out to be a previously unknown species. The best count is that there are about 33 of the long, slender filter feeders - and definitely fewer than 100 of them. They’re listed as endangered in the U.S. and as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They were classified as a Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-duhs) whale subspecies, but many scientists suspected they were something different. An expert who didn't work on the paper calls it very exciting.

Lafayette
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 54°
New Iberia
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 56°
Ville Platte
Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 51°
Abbeville
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 56°
Crowley
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 53°
St. Martinville
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 56°
Opelousas
Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 51°
Warmer weather on the way

Latest Video

Image

Donate To Ben's Sox Box

Image

Warmer Weather on the Way

Image

Tracking warmer temps

Image

Meet Lord Chompers and Bourbon, Acadiana Animal Aid's Pets of the Week

Image

Shop Local This Holiday Season, The Pink Paisley Has Unique Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

${item.thumbnail.title}

Emergency Blood Shortage

Image

Shout-out to Aline McNaulty

Image

Coastal Plains Pushing Beef Movement In Louisiana

Image

Cool and Cloudy Tuesday Afternoon

Image

Tracking much cooler temps

Community Events