A saber-toothed whale that died on a distant shore has thousands of people talking about a 15-foot long female Stejneger Beaked Whale, a rare sea creature that most people have never laid eyes on before. Web Pro News reports this Thursday, Oct. 17, that although these beautiful animals usually live in the depths of the Bering Sea, this particular whale was found near the Venice coastline.
The saber-toothed whale is no relative of the saber-toothed tiger, but it is known for its unique maw. The saber-toothed term can actually apply to another type of whale, the Stejneger Beaked Whale, that floundered onto a beach in Venice this Oct. 15. The dying female was almost 15-feet long, and local passerby quickly called marine animals rescuers to try to save the beached sea creature, though they were unable to salvage it.
“We helped get it out of the water, and it was still alive. I was kind of shocked because we couldn’t identify it,” said one marine animal rescuer on the saber-toothed whale discovery. Although it is certainly sad that the animal died, both passerby and the rescuers on site were simply in awe that this rare creature was found so far from home.
“We were very lucky. These whales are incredibly rare and almost never seen in the wild,” affirmed an officer of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
These Stejneger Beaked Whales, AKA the saber-toothed whale, can actually weigh up to almost 1.3 tons. Yet this unique name is fitting for such a unique animal, as the whale was given the tooth-oriented name in regards to its long beak in relation to the marine animal’s long beak reaching in its lower jaw past the upper jaw. A visible blow hole can be seen in male and female whales, yet males noticeably bear two jutting front teeth.