Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Members of the Sea Shepherds Environmental Protection Organization announced last week that they may have discovered a whale species again off Mexico's Pacific Ocean coast.
Sea Shepherds Environmental Protection Agency researchers went out to sea last November to check for a signal they believe belonged to the Perrin beaked whale.
Dr. Jay Barlow, of the Scripps Institute's Department of Ocean Sciences, said the whales they encountered when they reached the source of the signal in question looked different from the other 23 known species of beaked whales, and the sound frequency did not match up with other species.
"We were hoping to find a Perrin beaked whale, but what we found was a new species of beaked whale," Barlow said. They came to the surface of the water very close to the boat and came to us."
Barlow added that researchers took three different water samples from the animals ' relatives to obtain DNA. Analysis of the samples will help determine whether the whales in question are a new species of beaked.