Subject: SHEPHERD'S BEAKED WHALE

Caroline DeLong (delong@hawaii.edu)
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 09:10:48 -1000

At 11:59 AM 09/26/1999 -1000, you wrote:
>HELLO,
>MY NAME IS JAMES HILLERT . I HAVE CLASS PROJECT TO GET INFORMATION ON
>THE VERY RARE SHEPHED'S BEAKED WHALE. I WOULD BE THANKFUL FOR ANY
>INFORMATION YOU COULD SEND ME.
>THANK YOU, 
>JAMES
>
>JAMES HILLERT
>1 EAST 4th ST.
>MOONACHIE, N.J.                            07074
>

Dear James,
The Shepherd's Beaked Whale, or Tasman Beaked Whale, is 6-7 meters long,
and about 5.6 tonnes. It is uniform dark grey-brown on its back with a
white belly.  It has a long body with a small head and a distinct long
narrow beak. Its flippers are short and narrow and it has a small
moderately sickle-shaped dorsal fin. It is found in the temperate waters of
the southern hemisphere (e.g., South Australia, Brazil). You may find more
information in the Handbook of Marine Mammals series.   

Good luck,
Caroline
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Caroline DeLong
Marine Mammal Research Program 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 1106
Kailua, HI  96734
delong@hawaii.edu