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Pygmy Right Whale


Scientific Name:
Caperea marginata
Length:
6.1 m (20.0 ft)
Weight:
4500 kg (9920 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Krill, calanoid copepods and other small invertebrates

Physical characteristics

This whale has a small head which takes up only 1/4 its total body length. The blow is small and not very noticeable. The animal has two distinct stripe-like coloration "chevrons".

Behavioral characterization

They do not breach, spyhop, or show flukes.

Distribution

Temperate waters of the southern hemisphere. Sightings occur in Tasmania year round and seasonally along the coast of South Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Falkland Islands, and some areas in Antarctica.

Population size

Unknown

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown

Social system/Group size

Usually seen solitary or in pairs.

Major threats

Entanglement in fishing gear and habitat modification.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Because of the Pygnmy right whales numerous differences from the other right whales, some scientists believe that the pygmy right whale should be classified in a family by itself.