How the Rice’s Whale Became a New Species

When a rare adult whale beached and died in Florida’s Everglades National Park in early 2019 experts immediately recognized its significance. The whale, they thought, belonged to a peculiar population of Bryde’s whales that reside year-round in the Gulf of Mexico. >> read more …

New Species of Baleen Whale in the Gulf of Mexico

A recently published article in Marine Mammal Science indicates that the whale previously known as the Bryde’s (pronounced “broodus”) whale is actually a new whale species living in the Gulf of Mexico. >> read more … photo credits: NOAA Fisheries