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Southern Bottlenose Whale
Scientific Name:
Hyperoodon planifrons
Family Name:
19ft 9" - 24ft 6"
6 - 8 tons
blue-black with yellowish undersides
Fish, Squid, Octopus
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Southern Bottlenose Whale

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Southern Bottlenose Whale Description
  Very little is known about southern bottlenose whales because they are not seen at sea very often. They have bulbous foreheads which become more bulbous in older animals, especially in males when the front of the forehead can become almost vertically flat. This is why they are sometimes known as flatheads. They usually have only two teeth which, in the female, stay hidden in the gums. Sometimes males have four teeth, but they have been known to have no teeth at all. They have small triangular dorsal fins with curled tips which are situated quite a long way down their backs. Their flippers are small with pointed tips. There is no notch in their flukes which are wide with concave trailing edges. Southern bottlenose whales vary greatly in colour from blue-black to a dull yellow. The forehead, beak and underside all tend to be lighter in colour. Younger animals tend to have darker skin. Southern bottlenose whales are often covered in scratches and scars.  
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