Spade Toothed Whale Facts
- Firstly, the Spade Toothed Whale remains the rarest and least known large mammal on earth. No records of sightings of this animal exist.
- Secondly, all photos in this article will, therefore, be of physically similar creatures, just to provide an idea of its appearance.
- Its numbers also remain entirely unknown, but of course, it appears to be extremely rare. The IUCN currently has no ranking for the creature.
- The Spade Toothed Whale does, however, enjoy the listing of Protected Species.
Spade Toothed Whale Physical Description
To date, our only knowledge of these creatures also comes from two fully intact Spade Toothed Whale cadavers.
These consisted of a female and her calf. Furthermore, the female measured roughly 17.4 ft (5.3 m) in length, and the calf about 11.5 ft (3.5 m).
Further, the name of the mammal comes from the physical characteristic that most distinguishes them from similar cetaceans. The teeth of the Spade Toothed Whale grow rather large for a whale of its size.
These teeth also measure roughly 9 in (23.5 cm) long and their shape bears a resemblance to a type of spade once used by whalers.
In color, the species appears to be various shades of black, gray, and white.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Artiodactyla
- Family: Ziphiidae
- Genus: Mesoplodon
- Species: M. traversii
Spade Toothed Whale Ecology and Conservation
What little we know of the Spade Toothed Whale comes from the examination of a few carcasses that happened to wash ashore. Consequently, we also know nothing about its behavior.
Researchers further assume the creature to possess patterns similar to other deep-dwelling cetaceans. This implies it likely lives either alone or in small groups.
Its diet most probably consists of a variety of small fish and cephalopods.