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Sowerby’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon bidens
Length:
5.0 m (16.4 ft)
Weight:
1000 - 1300 kg (2200 - 2900 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid and small fish

Physical characteristics

Can be distinguished by the male's dual teeth positioned far back in the mouth. The beak is moderately long and the melon is slightly convex. The coloration is gray with light countershading on the bottom. Has often shark bites and scars.

Behavioral characterization

Known to be reclusive and to stay away from boats.

Distribution

North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Sharks

Migration/Dispersal patterns

The northern population may move with advancing and retreating ice and the southern populations may move furhter inshore during summer.

Social system/Group size

Groups of 3 -10, often in mother/calf pairs.

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Occur almost exclusively in deep waters past the continental shelf.