2 very rare whales wash ashore in New Zealand, researchers say

11/5/2012 | Los Angeles Times

Two whales that washed up on a shore in New Zealand are specimens of the spade-toothed beaked whale, the rarest known species of whale, researchers said. The specimens were initially thought to be Gray's beaked whales, but DNA analyses of samples from their skulls revealed their true species. Researchers believe that the species may be rare since its members spend most of their lives in extremely deep parts of the ocean and may also die there.

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