Recently, specimens of the spade-toothed whale were identified from carcasses that had washed up in New Zealand. These spade-toothed whales are the rarest large mammals on the planet whose existence have been confirmed. In the past two hundred years, there have hardly even been five sightings of this whale, even though it is definitively a separate species from other types of beaked whales.
As someone who’s always wanted to find rare species of animal, this discovery has intrigued me to no end. To think that there’s such a large animal that’s remained essentially hidden for all these years means that who knows what else is out there. I think that what I’m going to do is pick up some Mercury oil for my boat and go out on the ocean to see if I can’t find something rare and interesting myself.