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Baird’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Berardius bairdii
Length:
12.0 - 13.0 m (39.4 - 42.6 ft)
Weight:
14000 kg (31000 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Gadiform fish, squid and crustaceans

Physical characteristics

Has a prominent beak and a small, round dorsal fin.

Behavioral characterization

N/A

Distribution

Northwest and northeast Pacific

Population size

About 30,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They migrate offshore in winter.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of 5 - 20. They often assemble in larger, thight groups when drifting along the surface. One possible reason is safety, and sometimes it can be observed, that the young are in the middle of these groups.

Major threats

Hunting and overfishing are the major threats. In Japan, they also suffer from heavy boat traffic.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The most caught in huntings are males.