GRAY’S BEAKED WHALE2014
By Amelia Meyer
Scientific Name: Mesoplodon grayi
Other Names: Scamperdown Whale, Southern Beaked Whale
The male Gray’s Beaked Whale is distinguished by a straight mouth-line, white beak and two triangular teeth that erupt out of the mouth and are visible from the outside. Both species have rows of fairly straight teeth, but the females’ teeth remain inside the mouth. The vestigial teeth in the upper jaw are embedded in the gum (as opposed to the bone).
There is little known about the Gray’s Beaked Whale.
The Gray’s Beaked Whale has a slender, fusiform body with a proportionally small head and long beak. Short pectoral flippers are wide, as is the pointed tail fin, or fluke. The tail has a flat trailing edge with no notch in the centre. Their small dorsal fin has a concave trailing edge with a pointed tip.