World's rarest whale washed up in New Zealand

6th Nov 2012

The world’s rarest species of whale has finally been seen and photographed, 140 years after it was first identified from a jaw bone.

Spade-toothed beaked whales, Mesoplodon traversii, grow to more than 5 metres (16 feet) long but, apart from a handful of skull bones, had never been seen until two bodies were found stranded on a beach in New Zealand.


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