...some new arrivals on our site
We’ve decided to share our space with a few like-minded companies... starting with a few, and adding more over time, we're building an online village for brands who build products for a lifestyle in, on and around the water.
In addition to a marketplace, we’re building a place for sharing stories. Stories that describe this shared love of the water, and the people and places that inspire us.
Come back to visit us often.
December 22, 2016
Certainly peaks one's curiosity. As scientists unravel more data, we could we only hope we will be seeing more of these beautiful creatures in our oceans.
By Craig Welch National Geographic
Scientists say a dead whale on a desolate beach and a skeleton hanging in a high school gym are a new species. Yet experts have never seen one alive.
Like many good mysteries, this one started with a corpse, but the body in question was 24 feet (7.3 meters) long.
The remains floated ashore in June of 2014, in the Pribilof Islands community of St. George, a tiny oasis of rock and grass in the middle of Alaska's Bering Sea. A young biology teacher spotted the carcass half-buried in sand on a desolate windswept beach. He alerted a former fur seal researcher who presumed, at first, that she knew what they'd found: a Baird's beaked whale, a large, gray, deep-diving creature that occasionally washes in dead with the tide.
But a closer examination later showed that the flesh was too dark, the dorsal fin too big and floppy. The animal was too short to be an adult, but its teeth were worn and yellowed with age.
This whale washed up dead on Alaska's St. George Island in June 2014. Scientists say it is a newly discovered species of beaked whale. PHOTOGRAPH BY KARIN HOLSER
It turns out, according to new research published Tuesday, that this was not a Baird's beaked whale at all, but an entirely new species—a smaller, odd-shaped black cetacean that Japanese fishermen have long called karasu, or raven.
"We don't know how many there are, where they're typically found, anything," says Phillip Morin, a molecular geneticist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. "But we're going to start looking."
Sign up to get the latest on sales, stories and more …
KIALOA is available to answer your questions from 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri pacific time. If we are busy with other customers or out on the water, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
747 SE Business Way Ste 6
Bend, OR 97702
Enter to win a $500 Hawaiian Airlines gift card or certificate for travel to the islands, the mainland, or anywhere Hawaiian Air flies! No purchase necessary.