One of the world’s most mysterious whales filmed for the first time

One of the world’s most rare and mysterious whales were filmed for the first time off the Madagascar coast in the Indian Ocean.

The Omura’s whale, which has a body almost as long as a school bus, had only been given its name based on dead specimens in 2003.

In the video, the whale can be seen swimming a few metres beneath the surface of the ocean.

Growing up to 12 metres long, Omura’s whales have asymmetrical black and white markings along the entire length of their body. Their right side is lighter while the left is darker.

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