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Longman’s (Indo-Pacific) Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Indopaccetus pacificus
Length:
8.0 m (26.3 ft)
Weight:
Unknown
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid

Physical characteristics

Has a long beak and a prominent melon. The dorsal fin is more prominent than in any other beaked whales. The coloration is blueish-gray with light patterns on the sides and on the head.

Behavioral characterization

Usually travel at the surface. They are often seen to bring their head and beak far out of the water. The dive times range between 11 and 33 minutes.

Distribution

Western Pacific and tropical Indian Ocean

Population size

Estimates: Hawaii: 1,000; Eastern Tropical Pacific: 300

Predators

Large sharks

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of up to 100. Sometimes they mix with pilot whales, spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Major threats

Pollution

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Until 2003, every information on this species was derived from only two skulls