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Researchers say they have discovered a new species of beaked whale after studying several stranded cetaceans on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The first of these new species was discovered more than 50 years ago.
Perhaps one of the greatest things about science is that there’s still so much left to discover. Though scientists have been studying and cataloguing the world for hundreds of years, there are still creatures and mysteries which continue to elude us.
In a recent study to be published on April 27, 2011, in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS ONE, Dr. Elliott Hazen and colleagues found that oceanographic and prey measurements can be used to identify beaked whale foraging habitat.
Research suggests that the bizarre teeth of male beaked whales have evolved to help females choose their mates.
Illusive mammals such as the beaked whale are hardly seen, mysterious, and obscure, and yet they have become the focus of new studies due to the harm that military sonar systems seem to cause them.
Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), also known as the dense-beaked whale, can be found in a large range that includes the warm and tropical waters of all oceans. It prefers to reside at depths between 1,600 and 3,000 feet and does not migrate. This species received its common name from Blainville, the man who classified it as Delphinus densirostris after studying a description of a piece of one individual’s nose located in the Paris Museum. In 1846, John Edward Gray...
Sowerby's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bidens), also known as the North Atlantic/North Sea Beaked Whale, was the first beaked whale to be described. Its name, bidens, derives from the two teeth present in the jaw, now known to be a very common feature among the family. It is altogether a rather typical representative of the genus. Physical description Sowerby's Beaked Whale has a typical body shape for the genus, and is mainly distinguished by the male's dual teeth that are found very far...