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Spade-toothed beaked whale

Mesoplodon traversii

Spade-toothed beaked whale

See all species The spade-toothed beaked whale has the distinction of possibly being the least known of all the world’s whales! It is described only from skeletal remains consisting of two skulls and one jawbone. It has never been seen in the wild. Other names: Traver’s beaked whale, Bahamondi’s beaked whale, Spade-toothed whale Male Female…

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Indo-pacific beaked whale

See all species Up until only a few years ago, this whale could have taken the title of ‘least known whale’ with all available information coming from only two skulls. However it seems as if individuals of this species have been mistakenly identified as belonging to bottlenose whales! Other names: Longman’s beaked whale Male Female…

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Strap-toothed beaked whale

Strap-toothed beaked whale

See all species Although rarely seen, the male strap-toothed whale is one of the few beaked whales that can be accurately identified at sea. The adult has two large tusks that grow up and over the upper jaw, making it impossible for them to open their mouth more than a few inches. Other names: Layard’s…

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True's beaked whale

True’s beaked whale

See all species Given that True’s beaked whales are found in two geographically distinct areas, it is thought that there might actually be two different species or sub-species of this beaked whale. Like other beaked whales True’s beaked whales have a ‘flipper pocket’, a small depression on each side of their body thought to assist…

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Rough-toothed dolphin

Rough-toothed dolphin

See all species Rough-toothed dolphins are named after their peculiar teeth.  Each tooth is ridged or wrinkled and has scratch marks on the surface. Rough-toothed dolphins have a distinctive appearance; they look like primitive dolphins; almost reptilian. Other names: slopehead; steno Male Female Calf Maximum length 2.8m 2.65m 1.0m Maximum weight 155kg 155kgkg Unknown IUCN…

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Southern right whale dolphin

Southern right whale dolphin

See all species These beautifully marked dolphins share a distinctive common feature with their northern cousins in having no dorsal fin. This is one of the least well-known species of dolphin, in part due to its preference for deep, oceanic waters and its distribution throughout the cool temperate sub-Antarctic waters of the southern hemisphere. Other…

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