Caperea marginata (Pygmy right whale)

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Caperea marginata (Pygmy right whale)  

Pygmy right whale, Hawaii. For more information about the sighting, see here. [photo Chris Stankis ]

 

This is the smallest of the baleen whales, having a length of about 5 metres and a weight of around 4 500kg. It has a small triangular dorsal fin, set back towards the tail, and has throat grooves. Colouration is a deep blue grey that lightens towards towards the belly side. Little is know of these scarcely seen animals.

Text by Derek Ohland


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