World’s rarest whale, spade-toothed whale, seen for first time: Spade-toothed whale

  • metta

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    Nov 05, 2012 9:31 PM GMT

    World’s rarest whale seen for first time: Spade-toothed whale


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    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2012/11/05/worlds-rarest-whale-seen-for-first-time-spade-toothed-whale/
  • TheBizMan

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    Nov 05, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    and it's dead...
  • metta

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    Nov 05, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Yeah....it would be nice to see a live one....
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    Nov 05, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    World’s rarest whale seen for first time: Spade-toothed whale


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    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2012/11/05/worlds-rarest-whale-seen-for-first-time-spade-toothed-whale/


    That's the Scamperdown whale (Dolichodon layardii). The Spade-toothed whale is this one:

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  • LifeByTheHorn

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    Nov 05, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    Even though they call them whales, they are closer to dolphins, orcas, belugas, etc, not related to the real whales, like blue whales, hump back whales, etc.

    Hope this elusive species has enough population to survive. Really hope so!
  • BigBearBB02

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    Hope they save enough usable DNA material for future artificial insemination and or cloning to save the species.
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    Nov 06, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    So...if it's the first time we've seen one, how did we even know it still existed in the first place? icon_confused.gif

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    Shamu is cuter.

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    Flipping adorable.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidand it's dead...

    I chuckled a bit then felt bad. Poor whale icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 06, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidand it's dead...


    He is just tanning.
  • metta

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    IceBuckets saidSo...if it's the first time we've seen one, how did we even know it still existed in the first place? icon_confused.gif



    The article states that they found bones previously.
  • Medjai

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    LifeByTheHorn saidEven though they call them whales, they are closer to dolphins, orcas, belugas, etc, not related to the real whales, like blue whales, hump back whales, etc.

    Hope this elusive species has enough population to survive. Really hope so!


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    So what's a whale then?

    Oh, you mean a filter feeder? Because toothed whales are still very much considered whales.
  • metta

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    Nov 06, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    LifeByTheHorn saidEven though they call them whales, they are closer to dolphins, orcas, belugas, etc, not related to the real whales, like blue whales, hump back whales, etc.

    Hope this elusive species has enough population to survive. Really hope so!


    F3.large.jpg

    So what's a whale then?

    Oh, you mean a filter feeder? Because toothed whales are still very much considered whales.


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  • Medjai

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    Nov 06, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    metta8 said

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    Thanks. I was wondering how to do that.
  • hawkeye7

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    Nov 06, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    OMG.... we are such geeks and I am so proud of the guy with whale chart.
    dude you rock
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    Nov 06, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
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    Ooops. Just kidding :-)