Rare whales caught on film for the first time
Three elusive True's beaked whales have been captured on camera during an expedition to the Azores.
This remarkably rare species, which has only ever been sighted seven times, is thought to dive for hours at a time and can descend to depths of 3km or more beneath the North Atlantic.
For the team of educators who had been out on an expedition with a group of schoolchildren when this latest sighting occurred, seeing the whales surface must have been a remarkable experience.
"Suddenly this group of whales appear from nowhere and start to surround the boat," said biologist Natacha Aguilar de Soto."These are whales that very few people in the world have ever seen."
The animals stayed near the surface for around ten minutes, providing the researchers with an opportunity to deploy an inflatable boat and record footage of them using a GoPro camera.