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It has tusk-like teeth, and is rarely seen by humans, but last week a rare beaked whale washed ashore California’s north coast.

The animal was photographed on the Mendocino Coast last Sunday.

Sadly, the whale was deceased but it’s hoped samples collected from it will help humans better understand the “elusive” animal.

WARNING: Images below may disturb some readers

Beaked whales are a cetacean. This infraorder of aquatic mammals includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
Beaked whales are a cetacean. This infraorder of aquatic mammals includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. (Noyo Center for Marine Science)

Noyo Center’s Stranding Coordinator, along with a team of volunteers, collected tissue samples from the beaked whale.

It explained the “fascinating” creature can dive deeper than any other marine mammal, which makes them hard to find and study.

There a many species in the Northern Pacific and they can dive to depths of 2000 metres.

They also sport an impressive set of teeth.

Beaked whales can dive to depths of 2000 metres. There are several species, most are found in the North Pacific.
Beaked whales can dive to depths of 2000 metres. There are several species, most are found in the North Pacific. (Noyo Center for Marine Science)

“Beaked whales are unique among toothed whales in that most species only have one pair of teeth,” Noyo Center for Marine Science wrote.

“The teeth are tusk-like, but are only visible in males, which are presumed to use these teeth in combat for females for reproductive rights.

“In females, the teeth do not develop and remain hidden in the gum tissues.”

new fish discovered

Deepest fish ever caught off Australia coast using yabby trap

The find comes less than a month after a group of Perth marine scientists reeled in the deepest fish caught off Australian waters; two unnamed species of Snailfish.

The fish was caught more than 3000 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia and 6500 metres below the Indian Ocean’s surface.

It may be an entirely new species.

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