CUVIER’S BEAKED WHALE

Well it is Tuesday yet again and today let’s look at the Cuvier’s Beaked Whale.

The Cuvier’s beaked whale or goose-beaked whale is the most widely distributed of all beaked whales in the family Ziphiidae. It is smaller than most baleen whales yet large among beaked whales. Cuvier’s beaked whale is pelagic, inhabiting waters deeper than 1,000 feet.

Scientists have recorded them diving to a depth of nearly 3 kilometres and staying underwater for 2hrs and 17 minutes, which is the deepest and longest dive recorded for any mammal in the world.

Cuvier’s beaked whales can reach lengths of about 15 to 23 feet and weigh 4,000 to 6,800 pounds. There is no significant sexual dimorphism in regards to body size for this species. Cuvier’s beaked whale is medium-sized with a round and robust body and a triangular falcate dorsal fin located far down the animal’s back.

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