Lesser (Pygmy) Beaked Whale
The body has the typical spindle shape of the genus, with an unusually thick tail. The melon is somewhat bulbous and slopes down into a short beak and the mouthline in males has a distinct arch with two teeth protruding slightly from the gum line before the apex. The coloration is typically dark gray on the top and lighter below, especially on the lower jaw, throat, and behind the umbililicus. Males may have distinct pale "chevron" patterns on their backs.
The blow is inconspicuous.
Recorded in the eastern tropical Pacific between Baja California and Peru through sightings and strandings. Further strandings have been recorded in Chile and Monterey Bay. Another specimen washed up in New Zealand.
Social system/Group size
Usually seen in pairs.
Entanglement in fishing gear and anti-shark nets.
Since 1987, there have been an additional 40 sightings of the species, for a total of 65 (as of 2001).