The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
The Central California coast has to be one of the best places in the world to spot whales; humpbacks, grays, orcas and massive blue whales all make their way through the area at different times of year. But chances are you’ve never seen — or maybe never even heard of — Baird’s beaked whales, more than two dozen of which were spotted off the coast of Monterey Bay Wednesday.
“This is the largest group of beaked whales I have seen over the last 30 years and I have only seen this species of whale about 10 times in my life,” said Nancy Black, marine biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
The whales, also known as giant beaked whales, are named for their — you guessed it — giant beaks. They have bulbous heads and long beaks that make them look somewhat similar to a dolphin, except they can grow to 42 feet long as adults.