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Ginkgo Toothed Beaked Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon gingkodens
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
15ft 6" - 17ft
Weight:
1.5-2 to tons
Color:
dark blue-black, except for a pale grey beak and scattered small whitish spots on the underside

Diet:
Squid

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Ginkgo Toothed Beaked Whale

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Ginkgo Toothed Beaked Whale Description
  Ginkgo-toothed beaked whales takes their name because of the shape of the male's teeth. They are very similar to the shape of the Ginkgo tree which is common in Japan, where this whale was first found. These teeth are 10cm wide which makes them the widest teeth in any known beaked whale. Males are dark in colour with white spots and blotches around the belly area. Females are not as dark and have paler bellies. They have narrow upper jaws with a sharp point and their lower jaws are highly arched. Their flippers and fins are small and narrow. Unlike many of the other beaked whales Ginkgo-toothed beaked whales are not usually scarred.  
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