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Northern Bottlenose Whale


Scientific Name:
Hyperoodon ampullatuss
Length:
6.7 - 7.4 m (22.0 - 24.3 ft)
Weight:
5800 - 7500 kg (12800 - 165000 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Squid (gonatus sp.), fish (herring, redfish), sea cucumber, starfish and prawns

Physical characteristics

Has a long stout body that is mostly green-brown to gray with lighter patterns of gray.

Behavioral characterization

They mate during late spring and early summer.

Distribution

Found in deep water under 1000 m, mainly in the Gully. The Gully is a large underwater canyon in the Atlantic Ocean.

Population size

Estimated 210 in the Gully

Predators

Killer whales

Migration/Dispersal patterns

In the Gully, they are largely non-migratory, but in the eastern North Atlantic, they are known to migrate southward from July to September.

Social system/Group size

Seen in groups of 4 - 20.

Major threats

Pollution and noise are the major threats.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Although believed to be a rather shy species, individuals like to go near to boats.