‘Mysterious’ Cuvier’s beaked whale recognizing in CA: video

The rare sighting of the Cuvier’s beaked whale happened in Monterey Bay.

The uncommon sighting of the Cuvier’s beaked whale occurred in Monterey Bay.

Picture by Brynn Pedrick on Unsplash

A boat of tourists in California recently got a rare glimpse of a “mysterious” sea creature.

The Monterey Bay Watch tour boat was navigating 6- to 7-foot swells over the bay’s canyon when they spotted a Cuvier’s beaked whale pop out of the waves, according to an Aug. 5 Facebook post.

“We saw it come up for 2 breaths and then this mysterious whale disappeared into the deep waters,” the post said.

The whales are a rare sight in the bay, according to Monterey Bay Watch. The creatures can hold their breath for nearly four hours, and they are known to dive up to two miles underwater.

“All 3 crew members aboard have been on boats for years and it’s all their first time ever seeing this species,” the tour group wrote in the post. “This was definitely a once in a lifetime encounter!!”

A second post shows a photo of the “super rare” creature’s fin poking out of the water.

The sighting comes just weeks after an “incredibly rare sighting” of a pod of four to six Cuvier’s beaked whales in July, according to another Facebook post from Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

Social media users and boat passengers shared their excitement about the whale on Facebook.

“Still tingling with excitement after this amazing encounter,” one person commented on Facebook.

“Crazy cool,” a second person wrote.

“How exciting,” a third Facebook comment said.

Moira Ritter covers real-time information for McClatchy. She is a graduate of Georgetown College the place she studied authorities, journalism and German. Beforehand, she reported for CNN Enterprise.

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