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New population of blue whales discovered with help of bomb detectors


Blue whales may be the biggest animals in the world, but they’re also some of the hardest to find.

Not only are they rare (it’s estimated that less than 0.15 per cent of blue whales in the Southern Hemisphere survived whaling), they’re also reclusive by nature and can cover vast areas of ocean.

But now, a team of scientists led by UNSW Sydney are confident they’ve discovered a new population of pygmy blue whales, the smallest subspecies of blue whales, in the Indian Ocean. MORE

Header image: Blue whales might like to live the quiet life, but they have a powerful song that can travel anywhere between 200 and 500 kilometres – and give away important clues about their identity. Credit: Shutterstock.