Pygmy Whale

Pygmy Whale

 

(Caperea marginatd), a mammal of the family Balaenidae. It measures up to 6.4 m long. The color of the body is black, sometimes with a white stripe on the abdomen. An extremely rare animal, the pygmy whale is found only in the temperate and cold waters of the southern hemisphere, most often near Australia and New Zealand. Its way of life has not been studied.

References in periodicals archive ?
LlandudnoXmas @ANGLESEYCOUNCIL: Congratulations to all involved in rescue of rare pygmy whale on Newborough beach today.
The discovery may help to explain the pygmy whale's unique appearance; the comparatively small whale (adult pygmy whales typically only grow to about 21 feet long) has a distinct, downturned snout that looks almost like a permanently etched in frown.
However, the new study, which examined pygmy whale fossil fragments and skull bones and contrasted them against those of other ancient cetaceans, found that the pygmy whale more closely resembled a group of whales called cetotheres, thought to have vanished over two million years ago, said Felix Marx, a paleontologist at New Zealand's University of Otago.
Yet despite the interesting finding, Marx said that researchers were unable to find any evidence of how the pygmy whale had evolved.
of species Baleen whales (Mysticeti) Right whale and bowhead whale 3 Pygmy right whale 1 Gray whale 1 Rorqual whale (ie minke, fin and humpback) 6 Total 11 Toothed whales (Odontoceti) Pygmy whale and dwarf sperm whale 2 Sperm whale 1 Narwahl and beluga 2 Beaked whale 21 Oceanic dolphin 33 Amazon river dolphin 1 Yangtze river dolphin and franciscana 2 Indus and Ganges river dolphin 2 Porpoise 6 Total 70