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Andrew’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon bowdioni
Length:
male: 4.5 m (14.8 ft); female: 4.9 m (16.1 ft)
Weight:
Unknown
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Cephalopods

Physical characteristics

Have a short, thick white beak. The males have wide, flat teeth sticking out of the mouth and are dark blue to black with a lighter mark between the dorsal fin and the blowhole. They also have many scars. The females are slate gray with a white mark and belly. The dorsal fin is very small.

Behavioral characterization

The lack of sightings in the wild indicates that they are shy or extremely hard to identify at sea.

Distribution

Southern, circumpolar north of the Antarctic convergence

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Unknown

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown

Social system/Group size

Unknown

Major threats

Unknown, but they are possibly directly threatend by the climate change.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Most of the knowledge comes only from strandings.