Land Species - All Creatures which live on land in our world.
Air Species - All Creatures which can fly around the world
Water Species - All Creatures which live in the water all across the world.
Extinct Species - All Creatures which use to live in our world but no longer can be found.
World's Creatures - Your #1 Resource Site for the Worlds Species
NAVIGATION MENU
Home
Animal Facts
Featured Species
Endangered Species
Deadliest Animals
Animal Stories
Chatroom
Tell a Friend
Newsletter
Privacy Statement
Contact Us
Pygmy Beaked Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon peruvianus
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
Aprox. 10 feet
Color:
dark gray above and lighter below
Diet:
squid and shrimp
HOME >> WATER SPECIES >> WHALES >> Pygmy Beaked Whale


Pygmy Beaked Whale

Pygmy Beaked Whale Snapshot
 
 
 
Pygmy Beaked Whale Picture Gallery
 
 
 
Pygmy Beaked Whale Description
  The pygmy beaked whale is one of the most recently described members of the genus, and appears to be the smallest of the species of Mesoplodon. Two morphs exist, a scarred black and white form that is easily identified in the field (presumably adult males), and a smaller uniformly brown one (probably females and subadults). These animals have moderately long beaks, and low triangular dorsal fins with slightly falcate or straight trailing edges. They tend to be dark gray above and lighter below, apparently with relatively little scarring. They have small, triangular, wide-based dorsal fins that are shaped like those of harbor porpoises.

The most distinctive characteristic is the teeth; however, which are extremely small and egg-shaped in cross section (although generally they are not visible in at-sea sightings).

This is the smallest known species of Mesoplodon; maximum known length is only 3.9 m, apparently with males larger than females. At birth, these animals are about 1.6 m long.

 
Sponsor Ad
 



 
 
 
 
Copyright 2004, WorldsCreatures.com, All Rights Reserved