Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Azores whale named "Pico"

The right whale seen in the Azores last week has been named "Pico" after Pico Island.

In addition to being first spotted in the Azores by an individual on Pico Island, off the coast of Portugal, the pattern on the whale's head bears a striking resemblance to the island when viewed from the air! Right whales are individually identified based on the pattern of callosity tissue on the head, so the whale's name will help researchers to identify the whale next time it is spotted!

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