Spade toothed whale

This skull of the Spade-toothed whale (Mesoplodon traversii) not only represents the vital role museums play in helping ongoing scientific research, but also illustrates how much more there is to know about the world’s oceanic fauna as there are no reported sightings of this whale. Being only one of the three specimens in existence, this skull was the basis of an insightful DNA analysis which helped solve an age old scientific mystery, click on the movie of an interview with Anton van Helden, marine mammal curator at Te Papa museum in Wellington to hear more.

Anton Van Helden Interview