At First Glance, You Might Think These Are Orcas. But You Would Be Very Wrong

July 1, 2015

You have to be very lucky to spot one of these beauties...

hourglass dolphin
Credit: wikipedia

This is the Hourglass Dolphin - a rarely seen species of dolphin that inhabits Antarctic and subantarctic waters.

Scientists don't know much about these dolphins.

hourglass dolphin
Credit: wikipedia

By 1960, despite decades of whaling in the Southern Ocean, only three specimens had been recovered. As of 2010, only 6 complete specimens had been examined.

This one was spotted at sea between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

hourglass dolphin
Credit: Jim Wilson / flickr

One thing is for sure: the hourglass dolphin is one of the most majestic and awe inspiring creatures I've ever seen.

hourglass dolphin
Credit: reddit

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