Pygmy right whale


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(Zool.) a small New Zealand whale (Neobalæna marginata) which is only about sixteen feet long. It produces short, but very elastic and tough, whalebone.

See also: Right whale

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The pygmy right whale, an elusive baleen that rarely comes to shore, is now thought to be the last living descendant of the long extinct group of whales, according to a study published on Tuesday in the (http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/) Proceedings of the Royal Society B .
The smallest mysticete is the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata), which measures up to 23 feet.
of species Baleen whales (Mysticeti) Right whale and bowhead whale 3 Pygmy right whale 1 Gray whale 1 Rorqual whale (ie minke, fin and humpback) 6 Total 11 Toothed whales (Odontoceti) Pygmy whale and dwarf sperm whale 2 Sperm whale 1 Narwahl and beluga 2 Beaked whale 21 Oceanic dolphin 33 Amazon river dolphin 1 Yangtze river dolphin and franciscana 2 Indus and Ganges river dolphin 2 Porpoise 6 Total 70