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Rice’s whale

Balaenoptera ricei

Rice’s whale

See all species Formerly known as the “Gulf of Mexico sub-population” of Bryde’s whales, Rice’s whale was identified as a separate species in 2021. From the skull of an individual that stranded in 2019, scientists identified characteristics that distinguish them as a new species. It is named after the late biologist Dale Rice, the first…

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Sato’s beaked whale

See all species Sato’s beaked whale was only recognised as a new species in 2019. Only a few stranded individuals have been recorded in the North Pacific. Male Female Calf Maximum length 6.9m Unknown Unknown Maximum weight Unknown Unknown Unknown IUCN conservation status: Near Threatened What do Sato’s beaked whales look like? Sato’s beaked whale…

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Deraniyagala’s Beaked Whale

See all species Deraniyagala’s beaked whale has never been seen, let alone studied, alive in the ocean. This entire whale species is known from only seven dead whales that have stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans over the past 50 years. A Sri Lankan scientist named Mr Deraniyagala’s first named…

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Sowerby's beaked whale

Sowerby’s beaked whale

See all species Sowerby’s beaked whale was the first of the beaked whales to be discovered after a stranding in the Moray Firth in 1800. Other names: North Sea beaked whale, North Atlantic beaked whale Male Female Calf Maximum length 5.5m 5.1m 2.4m Maximum weight 1,300kg 1,300kg Unknown IUCN conservation status: Least Concern What do…

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Shepherd's beaked whale

Shepherd’s beaked whale

See all species The Shepherd’s beaked whale is the only species of beaked whale to have a full set of functional teeth in both jaws and the adult male has a larger pair of tusks that ‘erupt’ at the tip of the lower jaw. The external appearance of Shepherd’s beaked whales was only described in…

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Pygmy beaked whale

See all species The pygmy beaked whale was only classified as a distinct species in 1991. Other names: Peruvian beaked whale, Lesser beaked whale Male Female Calf Maximum length 3.7m 3.7m 1.6m Maximum weight Unknown Unknown Unknown IUCN conservation status: Data Deficient What do Pygmy beaked whales look like? The pygmy beaked whale has a…

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