Pygmy beaked whale

Pygmy beaked whale

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SPECIES
Mesoplodon peruvianus
LENGTH
3.4-3.7 m

The pygmy beaked whale, also known as the bandolero beaked whale, Peruvian beaked whale and lesser beaked whale, is the smallest of the mesoplodonts and one of the newest discoveries. There were at least two dozen sightings of an unknown beaked whale named Mesoplodon sp. A before the initial classification, and those are now believed to be synonymous with the species. The species was formally described in 1991, based on ten specimens obtained from Peru between 1976 and 1989, including a 3.72 m adult male as the type specimen. A specimen that stranded at Paracas, Peru in 1955 has since been identified as a pygmy beaked whale. Since 1987, there have been an additional 40 sightings of the species, for a total of 65 .

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References

1. Pygmy beaked whale Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_beaked_whale
2. Pygmy beaked whale on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/13251/50367335

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