Ginkgo-toothed beaked whales (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) reside in tropical and temperate waters throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The range of this species is known from 16 specimens that were found stranded on the coasts of Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia, Southwest California, Mexico and Ecuador. There have been no confirmed sightings of live species in open oceans; however, it is presumed that they are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans from southern California to the southern tip of India.
Biogeographic Regions: indian ocean (Native ); pacific ocean (Native )
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