Case Study: What kind of whale is this?

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 8 Sep 1995 18:31:08

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There is a small dead whale on a beach in southern Oregon. I don't know
whales very well and have no books with me. It is a 6 1/2 to 7 meter long
baleen whale on its back. It is just about black everywhere except for a
white chin patch. Tail fluke is about 140 centimeters across and the baleen
is 8 to 20 centimeters to the gum line. The underside of the lower jaw has
three grooves.  From what I can see of the upper jaw it is very slender. The
whale is a male. Is this a young bowhead? If so, isn't Bandon Oregon fairly
far south? I shot a lot of pictures if they are of any importance to anyone.
Jeff Lederman