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Sowerby's Beaked Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon bidens
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
8-9 feet
Weight:
1 - 1.3 tons
Color:
bluish-grey
Diet:
Fish, squid
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Sowerby's Beaked Whale

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Sowerby's Beaked Whale Description
  Very little is known about Sowerby's beaked whales. What we do know is from those that have stranded because they are rarely sighted at sea. Unlike many of the other beaked whales, the teeth that erupt are found midway between the tip of the beak and corner of the mouth.
They are dark bluish-grey in colour with a prominent bulge in front of the blowhole with a sandy coloration on head and beak. The underside is lighter, especially in the younger animals, with grey or white spots. Their flippers are long for the Mesoplodon family and the beak looks like a dolphin's. Their dorsal fin is small and curved with a rounded tip. Their flukes are dark on both sides and there is no middle notch.
 
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