Rare Saber-Toothed Whale Found Stranded on Venice Beach
by Megan Thompson
Categories: Animals, Causes, Science.
Photo: Heal The Bay

On an average day, there are plenty of oddities hanging around the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, but this one might just leave them all behind. On Tuesday, a rare “saber-toothed” whale washed ashore on the California beach, puzzling scientists who rushed to the scene to determine the species.

Heal the Bay originally reported that the whale was a rarely-seen Alaskan species called the Stejneger’s Beaked Whale; however, on Thursday, the organization posted an update on its Facebook page, informing fans that the animal was even more special than was previously thought.

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Researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger announced “Rare beaked whale update!… It JUST might be a similar but MUCH more rare species: the Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens)! There have been less than 20 strandings of this species world-wide: only two in the entire eastern North Pacific, and just one in southern CA (1954)!”

The fifteen-foot whale washed ashore with several shark bites and, although it was alive when first found, the animal died shortly afterwards. “We were very lucky,” said Heal the Bay volunteer Nick Flash. “These whales are incredibly rare and almost never seen in the wild.”

Photo Credit: Facebook.com/HealTheBayFans

About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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