Beaked Whale Identification Guide
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Species level identification of intact skulls and mandibles.
Dorsal view of vertex of the skull of Mesoplodon
Species level identification of beaked whales with erupted teeth.
Stranded adult male M. layardii

*Species identifications of beaked whales that lack erupted teeth, generally females, juveniles, and calves, may be impossible without analysis of cranial features.
Anterior view of M. densirostris skullAnterior view of M. densirostris mandible
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