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Perrin’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon perrini
Length:
3.9 - 4.4 m (12.8 - 14.4 ft)
Weight:
1000 kg (2200 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid and small fish

Physical characteristics

Have long bodies with small heads and deep tails.

Behavioral characterization

The males engage in fights.

Distribution

Pacific coast

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Sharks and humans

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown

Social system/Group size

Seen solitary as well as in groups of up to 15 individuals.

Major threats

Entanglement in fishing gear seems to be the major threat, but noise is also believed to cause stress.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The Perrin's beaked whale is the newest specieces of beaked whales identified.