Rare whale found dead in Southern CaliforniaOctober 17th, 2013 in Biology / Ecology
A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters.
The Los Angeles Times reports the roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger's beaked whale washed ashore Tuesday night.
A truck hauled away the mammal, which will be autopsied by scientists to learn more about it and how it died.
The Stejneger's beaked whale is rarely seen in the wild. The species typically dive deep in subarctic waters to feed on squid and small fish. They're believed to migrate as far south as Northern California.
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