The most recently stranded whale was in a very sad state, with quite a number of the teeth in the lower jaw badly broken I refer this specimen to 'Whale # 1" in this separate topic; the next topic will be Whale # 2, then 3 and so on; within each separate topic I'll cite the species of squid (as identified from beaks), and the numbers of each beak-type recovered. I've only just completed identification of the squid beaks within the stomach of Whale # 1. As far as I know (to the best of my efforts), every squid beak in the stomach was retained (despite this, the number of upper and lower beaks invariably differs). If you like you can look at the squid (and in subsequent whales, octopus also) composition and try and make some sense out of the jigsaw (based on what we know of the New Zealand and adjacent water mass squid faunas). I've not provided lower rostral lengths for the beaks, as I've yet to measure them. Also, my camera is at home; pics of the beaks will have to follow another day. Identifications are based on lower beaks. Here goes: Whale # 1, male, ~ 15m length, stranded 8/9 December 2004 Number of upper beaks: 54 Number of lower beaks: 31 Lower beak-determined squid composition in diet of Sperm Whale # 1 Architeuthis dux: 7 (7 upper and 7 lower beaks in sample; beaks fresh) Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni: 26 (26 lower and 29 upper beaks in sample; large beaks blackened) Taningia danae: 7 (7 lower beaks; indet upper) Mastigoteuthis sp. [giant]: 1 (massive lower beak; no upper beak) I'll say no more, but much could be said.