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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 15:17

The pygmy right whale, a mysterious and elusive creature that rarely comes to shore, is the last living relative of an ancient group of whales long believed to be extinct, a new study suggests.

The findings, published today (Dec. 18) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, may help to explain why the enigmatic marine mammals look so different from any other living whale.

"The living pygmy right whale is, if you like, a remnant, almost like a living fossil," said Felix Marx, a paleontologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand. "It's the last survivor of quite an ancient lineage that until now no one thought was around."

The relatively diminutive pygmy right whale, which grows to just 21 feet (6.5 meters) long, lives out in the open ocean. The elusive marine mammals inhabit the Southern Hemisphere and have only been spotted at sea a few dozen times. As a result, scientists know almost nothing about the species' habits or social structure.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:13

There is so much about our world that we still don't know.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:18

They do exist!!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:25

Pics or....nevermind. :pinch:

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:32

I wonder what they taste like... Who's up for some pygmy right whale steaks?!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:33

Things like this is exactly why it's plausible that sasquatch exist!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:33

Theres so much of the Ocean we havent explored, who knows whats down there.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:38

Theres so much of the Ocean we havent explored, who knows whats down there.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:40

Theres so much of the Ocean we havent explored, who knows whats down there.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:27

The elusive marine mammals inhabit the Southern Hemisphere and have only been spotted at sea a few dozen times.


So which is it? extinct for 2 mil years or spotted at sea a few dozen times.

Don't you hate the insult of your intelligence with this sensationalist title?

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the last living relative of an ancient group of whales long believed to be extinct


Good God Yahoo! Living relative!

What's next? Aliens found!! (the living relative of aliens long believed to be roaming within our galaxy)

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:48

Things like this is exactly why it's plausible that sasquatch exist!


Yes, I swear Big Foot exists, have you seen my uncle Joe? One tall hairy ass creepy MOFO!!