Rarest whale

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Rarest whale

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 5:19 am

The spade-toothed whale (Mesoplodon traversii) is the rarest species of beaked whale whose external appearance was only described in 2012, and who has never been seen alive.

PREVIOUS RECORD: Longman’s beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus) – Approximately a dozen strandings and over 65 sightings have ever been reported.

SOURCE:
Kirsten Thompson, C. Scott Baker, Anton van Helden, Selina Patel, Craig Millar, Rochelle Constantine. The world’s rarest whale. Current BiologyVol. 22Issue 23p2284

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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