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Found on a beach at Ardnamurchan Point in the West Highlands of Scotland at Easter.
Have consulted learned friends and the thought is that it comes from a baby whale - no teeth so not a dolphin or porpoise.
Possibly an ordontocete - though Minkes' seem to be a different shape.
Of not an ordontocete then maybe a pilot?
If a beaked whale then could it be a Cuvier's?
This is a Risso's dolphin skull, it is quite worn and some of the features are rounded off. Although Risso's dolphin are toothed whales they only have teeth in the lower jaw.
Thanks John - am mighty impressed, as are my learned friends!
Have read up about Risso's in Wikipedia and the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust site - a fascinating mammal. I hadn't realised that they live so far off-shore.
One thing that does surprise me is that a skull with such a mighty beak can produce such a round, snub-nosed head.