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Shovel-headed whale
Classification Cetacea
Proposed scientific names
Other names
Sea reported Pacific Ocean
First reported 1995
Prominent investigators Matt Bille
Loren Coleman

The shovel-headed whale is a cryptid cetacean reported from the Pacific Ocean coast of Mexico.[1][2] Described as a form of beaked whale (family Ziphiidae) around 16 ft (4.8 m) in length, it is distinguished by a flattened head and a wide, low-based dorsal fin with a white base. Larger specimens, assumed to be the males, possess white "racing stripes" on a black background. Specimens of these beaked whales were photographed during the 1990s.[3]

Notes and references[]

  1. Coleman, Loren & Huyghe, Patrick (2003) The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep, TarcherPerigree, ISBN 978-1585422524
  2. Drinnon, Dale A. "Revised Checklist of Cryptozoological Creatures," CFZ Yearbook (2010)
  3. Bille, Matthew A. (1995) Rumors of Existence: Newly Discovered, Supposedly Extinct, and Unconfirmed Inhabitants of the Animal Kingdom, Hancock House