For the first time ever, scientists have spotted the elusive Type D orca whale in the wild and acquired a DNA sample!
These orcas have been the “bigfoot of the ocean” since they were first spotted on the beaches of New Zealand in 1955 with only a handful of possible sightings ever being made. That is, until a researcher for NOAA, Bob Pitman, conducted a recent expedition to hunt down the Type D orca in hopes to contract a DNA sample that could be used to learn more about this mythical creature.
Pitman had been searching for the Type D orca for 14 years before he finally “struck gold” 60 miles off of the coast of Chile near Cape Horn.
Now how come the sightings for these orcas have been few and far between?
The Type D orca whales are believed to have made some of the most hostile environments their choice of dwelling. They spend their time in the frigid and rough waters near Antarctica as well as the open ocean where most captains don’t dare to explore.
We are excited for the coming months as Pitman and his team take the biopsy samples to scientists to learn more and more about the mysterious Type D.