November 7, 2007

First Live Sightings of Shepherd’s Ziphiid

Shepherd's beaked whale

Shepherd’s beaked whale, Tasmacetus shepherdi.

The oceans hold many natural history treasures and wonders. New animals are being discovered at a faster rate from the seas than in freshwater or on land. But these finds from the marine environment often get little attention from Homo sapiens versus, say, a new giant peccary or a new monkey.

Overnight, famed marine biologist Bob Pitman shared with me breaking news about several new marine mammal species. The news will not get as much of a read as a fuzzy picture of a land mammal from the woods of Pennsylvania or of a rapid moving otter-like animal videotaped in Loch Ness. That’s a darn shame.

The media, in general, will ignore the new marine species news because its importance is not fully realized, as compared to the more land-linked and freshwater-based news of, for example, a new manatee, a new monitor, or a new antelope. Humans are biased in favor of terrestrial and freshwater species.

Nevertheless, it is downright remarkable that Pitman’s findings have pointed to a new Dwarf Killer Whale being discovered in Antarctica, and his colleagues have detailed the evidence for a likely new species of Mesoplodon, a new beaked whale (ziphiid) in the tropical Pacific.

Give me a new species of a Dwarf Killer Whale any day over some newly uploaded YouTube insider analysis of images from a trailcam of a mangy bear or whatever. Real species, real analysis, real findings.

Tasmacetus shepherdi

Pitman also shared with me a paper that has been generally overlooked from last year. In his 2006 paper, he details the first confirmed live sightings of Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi), a cryptic ziphiid species finally fully documented. I appreciate being able to pass along this entire paper to you today.

Tasmacetus shepherdi

Take a break from foggy bottom blobsquatch pictures and read a bit about some incredible scientific work being done to establish new marine species.

Tasmacetus shepherdi

The time has come to pay attention to these remarkable new marine species discoveries.

You may download the complete paper here: Shepherd’s Beaked Whale

Tasmacetus shepherdi

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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