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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or being a beaked whale.
  • n. Any of the family Ziphiidae of beaked whales.


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  • 'The spade-toothed whale (Mesoplodon traversii) is one of the 21 species of beaked whales, or ziphiids. They’re enigmatic animals. It seems that they spend their time diving to exceptional depths in search of food, so few people have ever seen one.'

    - Discover Magazine, 5-11-12.

    November 5, 2012