beaked whales are very difficult to identify at sea,
and even stranded animals can be mistaken for the
Hubbs' beaked whale, which has almost the same skin
colour and bone structure. Scientists know little
about the Andrew's beaked whales because they only
have less than 30 strandings to go by.
These animals have dark blue-black coloured bodies
with white scratches and scars all over them. Their
short thick beak is white, and the males have wide
flat teeth on the top jaw of their arched mouthline.
These teeth can be seen sticking out of the mouth
in adult males, though they do not grow in the mouths
of females or in young Andrew's beaked whales.
This species of beaked whale has a very small dorsal
fin which can have a pointed or rounded tip.