Learn

Arnoux’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Berardius arnuxii
Length:
male: 9.3 m (30.5 ft); female: 9.8 m (32.2 ft)
Weight:
Unknown
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Benthic and pelagic fish and squid

Physical characteristics

Has a pronounced beak with two sets of front teeth and a small, steep head with a bulbous melon. The coloration is dark with white scratches and scars. Has small flipper with round tips and a small, slightly hooked dorsal fin.

Behavioral characterization

They may show their flukes before a deep dive and they can remain under water for about an hour. They tend to avoid ships and usually swim slowly when at the surface.

Distribution

Southern hemisphere

Population size

Unknown

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They may live close to the ice edge in summer and are likely to move away in winter.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of 6 - 10.

Major threats

The biggest threat is the clima change.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The Arnoux's beaked whale is one of the largest beaked whales.