True's beaked whale
By: Dagmar Fertl
Edited by: Poul Vendel
The word Mesoplodon is from the Greek mesos meaning "middle",
hopla meaning "arms" and odon meaning "tooth". These words in
combination roughly translates to "armed with a tooth in the middle of the
jaw". The True's beaked whale is also named after the Latin word for
These whales appear much like other mesoplodonts except that they have a
prominent beak and slightly bulging forehead. The adult males have teeth at the
very tip of the lower jaw.
The True's beaked whale grows to a length just over 5 m, and weighing up to 1400
Location in Africa:
The True's beaked whale is seen around Southeast Africa.
A small amount is known about this species except that it feeds on squid.
Human impacts in African waters are unknown.