Oct 18 2013, 4:36am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Everyone’s heard of the prehistoric saber-toothed tiger that was such a fearsome beast. But few know of the saber-toothed whale, a special breed which is also called the Stejneger’s Beaked Whale. October 15th was the day when a saber-toothed whale was found washed ashore on Venice Beach, California. It was exactly 15 feet in length.
As the rescue team helped get it out of its stranded state they noticed that it was still breathing which was a miracle. They were flabbergasted at its appearance since they had seldom seen such a rare specimen. The weight was close to 1.3 tons. The special feature was its lower jaw which extends several inches more than the upper half. Males have two teeth that protrude outwards.
The rescue team noted down in its description of the whale that it was covered in shark bites. It was a female and was hauled up on a big truck. The whale was being taken away to be further studied. Seeing such whales in the wild and that too alive is a rare occurrence. They are normally found in the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska.
The waters in which these whales operate meet up with the shores of Japan. And Japan is known fofor its whale hunting tendencies despite the fact that whales are on the list of endangered species. It is a tragedy when a saber-toothed whale is washed ashore since these beautiful beasts are the star attraction of the high seas. To see one spout forth a jet of water from its blowhole is a wonder of the Natural world.
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