Whales Appear out of Nowhere, Scattering Seagulls

By Jack Phillips

A video showing pod of humpback whales feeding provides a sense of how massive the sea mammals actually re

The cameraman first pans the camera to the right. Suddenly, the whales emerge.

After that, the man begins giggling like a “little girl.” It’s unclear where the whales were captured.

That’s not the first time humpback whales have stunned onlookers:

New Killer Whale Species Found

For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn’t look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one, AP reported.

Now they have.

An international team of researchers says they found a couple of dozen of these distinctly different orcas roaming in the oceans off southern Chile in January. Scientists are waiting for DNA tests from a tissue sample but think it may be a distinct species.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration felt confident enough to trumpet the discovery of the long-rumored killer whale on March 7. Some outside experts were more cautious, acknowledging the whales are different, but saying they’d wait for the test results to answer the species question.

“This is the most different looking killer whale I’ve ever seen,” said Robert Pitman, a NOAA marine ecologist in San Diego. He was part of the team that spotted the orcas off Cape Horn at the tip of South America.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.