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Rare whale found dead in California

A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and sabre-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers very cold subarctic waters.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger's beaked whale washed ashore on Tuesday night.

A truck hauled away the mammal, and scientists will carry out an autopsy to learn more about it and how it died.

The Stejneger's beaked whale is rarely seen in the wild. The species typically dive deep in subarctic waters to feed on squid and small fish, but they are believed to migrate as far south as Northern California.

Males are known for their sabre teeth that stick up midway from each side of the lower jaw. However, the teeth of females and their offspring remain hidden beneath the gum tissue.

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