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Rare 15-foot saber-toothed whale

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 02:45 PM

For the second time this week, Southern California has seen a rare sea beast washed ashore, far from home waters.

This time, it's a saber-toothed whale, better known to live in deep Alaskan waters than in the warm surf of tourist-choked Venice Beach in Los Angeles where it stranded Wednesday.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:12 PM

Spilled crude oil, radiation from Japan, underwater bomb tests.....these poor fish do not stand a chance.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

They specifically say that they don't know what caused the animal's deaths yet, and that it is most likely a coincidence

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:38 PM

View PostSkepticalB, on 19 October 2013 - 04:28 PM, said:

They specifically say that they don't know what caused the animal's deaths yet, and that it is most likely a coincidence
they are not going to admit so easily.  Yes, its most likely a coincidence the poor fish both met up with a stretch of the same radiation.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:53 AM

We know very, very little about beaked whales in general, and even less about this species (more properly called Stejneger's beaked whale). Same thing with oarfish, they tend to wash up from time to time, and are thought to have been the source of some sea serpent legends. Radiation's got nothing to do with it.

The listed length for the whale would suggest it's a juvenile, however, since adults range from 17-18 feet most of the time. Beaked whales are fascinating animals, they're very difficult to tell apart in the wild and even when stranded. In 2002, a new species was discovered when a DNA analysis was run on what was believed to be a specimen of a known species. The first complete specimens (the rest being assorted bone fragments) of the spade-toothed whale turned up on a beach in New Zealand last year.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:06 AM

Could be the animal was sick and confused, like the whale on the Thames, sick and confused


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:55 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 19 October 2013 - 04:12 PM, said:

Spilled crude oil, radiation from Japan, underwater bomb tests.....these poor fish do not stand a chance.
Whales are mammals, not fish :whistle:

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:03 PM

View Postbulveye, on 20 October 2013 - 04:55 PM, said:

Whales are mammals, not fish :whistle:
JEEEZE and I know that. :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush:

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:25 PM

I was trying not to be that guy w/ the fish thing

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