Saber-toothed whale reports don’t come in often, but Venice Beach has one. It seems that a rare saber-toothed whale washed up on the shore and has drawn a lot of attention because many people have never seen one before. According to a report from late Thursday (Oct. 17), this is an animal that is rarely seen alive and rescuers actually found it alive when they arrived. Unfortunately it didn't survive and a necropsy will be done to reveal just what happened.
Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue stated that, "I was kind of shocked because we couldn't identify it." That indeed shows just how rare the species is and initial reports didn't actually know what had been found. The reason for the name is that the males have tusk-like teeth that jut out from a portion of their lower jaws. This makes it appear like the teeth are outside the mouth, which is why the nickname has been coined. The animals are officially known as Stejneger's beaked whales.
This saber-toothed whale will be examined quite closely, especially because it likely holds a lot of secrets. The animal is known to feed on deep water fish and squid since it is mostly known to inhabit the deeper waters of the ocean. This is why sightings are so rare, even though there have been established reports of them in the past.
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