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Strap-Toothed (Layard’s) Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon layardii
Length:
6.2 m (20.3 ft)
Weight:
2720 kg (6000 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid, fish and crustaceans

Physical characteristics

The body is robust and spindle shaped and has a small dorsal fin, small flippers, and a fluke with pointed tips.

Behavioral characterization

They have been seen floating at the surface and sometimes breaching. They break the surface of the water at a steep angle, beak first.

Distribution

Cold waters around the coasts of Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Unknown, but possibly killer whales

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown, but seasonal strandings in different areas suggest migration.

Social system/Group size

Unknown

Major threats

Unknown

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

In males, two of their teeth are especially well developed, sometimes reaching 30 cm in length.