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Sheperd’s (Tasman) Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Tasmacetus shepherdi
Length:
6.0 - 7.1 m (19.7 - 23.3 ft)
Weight:
Unknown
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid, fish and some crustaceans

Physical characteristics

They have dolphin-like beaks. Adult males have tusks.

Behavioral characterization

Known to be surfacers.

Distribution

Cold temperate waters of southern hemisphere

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Killer whales

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

They are solitary.

Major threats

Pollution is the biggest threat. Biocontaminents and plastic bags have been found in several stranded animals.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They can have more teeth in the lower jaw than the top jaw.