April Fools!! Northern tusked porpoise discovered in North Sea
1st Apr 2017
ORCA were joined by BBC TV wildlife expert Michaela Strachan to confirm the existence of the mythical northern tusked porpoise, which was sighted from the DFDS King Seaways Ferry in the mouth of the River Tyne.
A long-running legend in the Newcastle area since alleged sightings began in 2009, the creature was yesterday captured in an image and on camera basking in the mouth of the River Tyne by a passenger on a DFDS ferry, providing much-awaited proof of the animal’s existence.
Michaela, who launched this year’s ORCA Wildlife Officer season on board the DFDS King Seaways ferry last weekend, said: “The sighting is a momentous moment for the marine wildlife industry. For years the northern tusked porpoise was just a rumour, as no sightings had been formally recorded since the first claims were made eight years ago. Now, finally, we have the evidence of this extraordinary creature’s existence and the mood has been ecstatic ever since!”
The porpoise is pink in colour, with two large tusks either side of its flat nose, this is the first of its kind to be spotted in global waters. The sighting is the first of its kind by marine wildlife specialists and suggests the porpoise is migrating towards the UK mainland in search of warmer waters.
Lucy McLeod, Wildlife Officer at ORCA added: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm sightings of this extraordinary new species, this is wonderful news for the marine wildlife industry and also for anyone living in and around the Newcastle area. We will continue to work on board DFDS’ North Sea ferries to determine if it is swimming alone or as part of a larger pod and we’re hopeful that there are even more Pink Tusk Porpoises migrating across our oceans.”
Research will continue on board the DFDS King Seaways ship into the new species as the ORCA research season will continue through to September 2017.