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Apr 21, 2013 8:50 PM

Which whale does this skull this belong to?

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?






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    Apr 22, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to DavidR)
    Re: Which whale does this skull this belong to?

    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.

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