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Hector's Beaked Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon hectori
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
13ft 3" - 14ft 9"
Weight:
1-2 tons
Color:
dark grey or brownish on the upper side,underneath is pale grey or white
Diet:
Squid
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Hector's Beaked Whale

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Hector's Beaked Whale Description
  Hector's beaked whales are one of the smallest members of the beaked whale family.
They have relatively short pale grey or white beaks. Their triangular teeth are situated at the front of the mouth and sometimes have barnacles attached to them. Their blowhole is crescent shaped and their flippers are short. The spindle-shaped body is dark grey or brownish on the upper side whilst the underneath is pale grey or white. A white area often surrounds their navel. In adults there is notch in their flukes, although younger animals have a slight one. Their tails are grey on the upper side and males also have a white underside. Males often have scars and scratches.
 
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