An extremely rare spectacled porpoise washed up in New Zealand on Wednesday. The carcass was in good condition, with only a chunk missing from one side of the flank (probably a shark bite). It was photographed, examined, and dissected at the Department of Conservation’s workshop. The skeleton will be preserved for future studies. Only 10 spectacled porpoises have ever washed up in New Zealand, so this is a very exciting find.
Little is known about the spectacled porpoises.
Watch the video for more information! (Caution: scenes of dissection are in this film)
Check out those pecs! There’s an interesting theory I heard awhile back about the big pectoral flippers of male orcas—apparently they’re very good for swimming underneath females and cradling them during the process of mating.