World’s Rarest Whale Seen for First Time, Already Dead

The spade-toothed beaked whale is one of the world’s rarest species. So rare in fact that no one had even seen one at all until 2010, when a mother and calf washed ashore in New Zealand dead. The spotting was so rare that the whales were misidentified as the more common Gray’s beaked whales — a related species.

However, recent DNA testing was conducted thanks to a New Zealand that tracks beached sea creatures and determined it was the spade-toothed beaked whale. Researchers were so baffled by the discovery they ran the tests multiple times and only published when they were 100% sure the dead whale above was in fact a whale nobody on the planet had ever seen before.

Anyway, this somehow seems like an appropriate metaphor for the times we live in. Oh, hey, look at this amazingly rare dead creature no one has ever seen before!

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