As well as featuring the first underwater footage of this species, the paper also reported on the first True’s beaked whales in the Canary Islands, which were confirmed using genetic analysis.
According to ORCA (a cetacean conservation charity), there are only three confirmed sightings of True’s beaked whales in UK waters, with an additional three individuals in the southern Bay of Biscay and three individuals off the north-west Spanish coast.
“We know the least about beaked whales mainly due to their elusive behaviour. They spend a lot of time submerged in very deep water and they are difficult to identify,” said an ORCA spokesperson.
Due to how difficult it is to identify the True’s beaked whale there is no population estimate and they are currently listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List.