These mystery killer whales don't look like the regular ones

CNET | 3/7/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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The small eyepatches are easy to spot in this photo of Type D killer whales.

Smaller eyepatches. Blunter heads. There's something very different about a group of killer whales scientists refer to as "Type D." It will take DNA testing to get to the bottom of this ocean mystery.

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A team of whale experts went to southern Chile in January to follow up on a sighting of these elusive killer whales. They used a crossbow dart to collect skin samples for genetic testing. Previously, the only documentation of Type D was from stories, accounts of a stranding event from 1955 and photos snapped by tourists.

This illustration shows a regular adult male killer whale above the Type D killer whale. The eyepatch, head shape and dorsal fin are distinctly different.

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The skin samples will go through a DNA analysis to determine if the...
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