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This is What Gervais’ Beaked Whales Look Like From Above | National Geographic ctm magazine

This mysterious whale is so elusive that it wasn’t seen alive in the wild until 1998. Gervais’ beaked whales live in the waters of the central and north Atlantic Ocean.
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Sometimes confused with the 21 other species of beaked whales, Gervais’ beaked whales are difficult to study. Weighing about 2,640 pounds, the whales can grow up to 17 feet long. Living an estimated 27 years, they eat squid, shrimp, and small fish. Since information on the species is scarce, it’s possible they are threatened by a number of factors. These include being caught as bycatch, noise pollution, and climate change.

Read more in “Exclusive: Rare, Mysterious Whales Filmed Professionally for the First Time”

This is What Gervais’ Beaked Whales Look Like From Above | National Geographic

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  • stiimuli on March 19, 2018

    Sure you didn't just film some bottle-nosed dolphin? =P

  • Prodromos isaidis on March 19, 2018

    Wicked tuna re

  • Baba Booie on March 19, 2018

    You mean one factor. Humans.

  • Gandalf the Tsaagan on March 19, 2018

    Look at their tusks!
    I've seen alot of cetaceans, but I'd die to see beaked whales with my own eyes

  • Azliana Lyana on March 19, 2018

    The ocean is a vast space, perfect for hiding, and probably has many species that have yet to be discovered. Perhaps this whale is just good at swimming where we aren't looking? Thanks National Geographic for sharing.

  • Abhishek Das on March 19, 2018

    I dont know It looks fake to me tho

  • Thomas Twyford on March 20, 2018

    Great video, content and production. One problem, most of the entire world has absolutely no idea how much 2640 pounds equates to… let alone 17 feet!!! Come on, get over it, metric makes so much sense you can't possibly deny it. Love National Geo, just my arrogant, Australian two cents.

  • Numbingbird on March 20, 2018

    big bois little beaks

  • Morgan Last on March 20, 2018

    Here's hoping Japan doesn't find them.

  • chan on March 20, 2018

    It's Ricky

  • Azmeri Liza on March 20, 2018

    Natgeo makes the best geography!

  • Tebs on March 20, 2018

    Looks more dolphin though…

  • Bret Leversha on March 20, 2018

    Looks like something an orca might hunt

  • Karen Schultz on March 20, 2018

    How is noise pollution killing them? Noise pollution from what? Is it confusing their echo location or something?

    Just curious!

  • CunninLink on March 23, 2018

    Videos that ends too soon

  • Alim Lim on September 5, 2018

    why named it whale if it looks like a dolphin ? xD

  • E on October 22, 2018

    e l o n g a t e d d o l p h i n

  • Nathan Frey on November 27, 2018

    I learned about this whales existence watching a video of the Japanese cutting the head off of one. It’s on YouTube.

  • Peter Bird on April 17, 2019

    A juvenile Beaked Whale found dead on a beach with TEN POUNDS of plastic bags in her stomach. Let THAT sink in.

  • Puerto Sandino Surf Resort on July 24, 2020

    We saved one from washing up here in Nicaragua yesterday. We sent him back out to open water

  • name less on August 10, 2020


  • Reaper on November 7, 2020

    what if thats a dolphin but elderly one HAHAHA joke

  • Angel Cordova on January 27, 2021

    They're like dolphins! This is precious.

  • Steve Brockman on February 28, 2021

    That whale looks like a dolphin with a beak

  • IsugMasuko C2O on March 18, 2021

    I hope the green peace will protect all living mamals in the Sea, they are prone to poachers around the World.

  • Rob Walsh on March 24, 2021

    Such cryptic animals. They spend most of their lives holding their breath in darkness withstanding incredible pressure, only to return to the surface briefly for air, and then to head back into the abyss.

  • Simon Max on April 3, 2021

    I swear this same fish was found in samoa 3 days ago my people let it go I have the footage

  • Damon bigsbys channel on June 10, 2021

    Looks like a dolphin

  • Cristóbal Moonlight on July 22, 2021

    I have never seen Beaked Whales in any documentary 🙁
    They are so beautiful ♡

  • Cleon Brady on October 25, 2021

    It's a giant dolphin

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