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Rare 15-foot saber-toothed whale

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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.

http://edition.cnn.c...ale-california/

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

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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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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.

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

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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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Whales are mammals, not fish :whistle:

JEEEZE and I know that. :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush: :blush:

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

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