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