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True’s Beaked Whale


Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon mirus
Length:
4.8 - 5.3 m (15.7 - 17.4 ft)
Weight:
1400 kg (3086 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid and possibly deep-water fish

Physical characteristics

The coloration is dark gray on the upperside and light gray on the underside with dark rings around the eyes and some white patches. Sometimes scars are visible.

Behavioral characterization

They sometimes show their beaks when they are surfacing.

Distribution

Warm temperate North and South Atlantic and southern Indian Ocean

Population size

Unknown, but seems to be rare

Predators

Unknown

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Unknown

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of up to 3.

Major threats

Entanglement in fishing gear

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Up until 1959, it was unknown that they also lived in the southern hemisphere.