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Cuvier’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Ziphius cavirostris
Length:
7.0 - 7.5 m (23.0 - 24.6 ft)
Weight:
2720 - 3540 kg (6000 - 7800 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Fish, squid and crustaceans

Physical characteristics

They have a short beak and a slightly bulbous melon. Most individuals habe white scars and patches. The fluke is about 1/4 of the total body lenght and the color varies from reddish-brown to dark gray.

Behavioral characterization

They are found in deep waters of about 1,000 meters, where they have been seen foraging.

Distribution

This species is found in all oceans around the world, except for the arctic.

Population size

100,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Strandings indicate a movement towards warmer waters in summer. They usually stay within their home ocean.

Social system/Group size

Mostly seen in groups of 2 - 7 with only one adult male in each group.

Major threats

Pollution and noise.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

This species has been recorded diving at the depth of 1,900 meters.