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Gray’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon grayi
Length:
5.5 m (18 ft)
Weight:
1100 kg (2400 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid

Physical characteristics

The melon bulges towards the blowhole and slopes down towards the beak. The beak is very long and pointed and the mouth line is relatively straight.

Behavioral characterization

N/A

Distribution

Subantarctic waters and around New Zealand

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Possibly killer whales

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown, but strandings indicate an inshore movement in summer.

Social system/Group size

Groups of up to 30 individuals were seen. They appear to be more social than other beaked whales.

Major threats

Several ship strikes have been recorded around New Zealand.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They are one of the most common species to strand themselved in the Southern Hemisphere.