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.

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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