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World’s smallest baleen whale is the last of its kind

World’s smallest baleen whale is the last of its kind

Pygmy proper whales are the smallest of the baleen whales

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Probably the most uncommon baleen whale species alive right this moment is a part of a lonely lineage that stretches again as much as 20 million years. The species could be the final descendant of an historic household of whales.

The pygmy proper whale (Caperea marginata) – native to ocean waters within the southern hemisphere – has lengthy puzzled researchers. Rising to solely 6.5 metres lengthy, it’s the smallest baleen whale species, says Felix Marx on the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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