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Hector’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon hectori)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Ziphiidae
GENUS: Mesoplodon
SPECIES: hectori

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Southern Hemisphere, especially near New Zealand.

LENGTH (maximum): 14Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): unknown

RELATIVE SPECIES: Very similar to Gray’s, Andrew’s, Blainville’s, Ginkotoothed, True’s and Sharp-toothed beaked whales.

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Shepherds beaked whale, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

PREDATORS: Unknown

This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: It is not hunted, nor is it commonly caught in fishing gear.

DIET: Probably squid

MANNER OF FEEDING: They probably forage near the bottom, just like other beaked whales.

BEHAVIOR: They have only been sighted a few times. Each time they approached the boats and were traveling in pairs.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • It is unknown how abundant they are. They have rarely been seen

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002
  • http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/m_hectori/m_hectori.htm

 

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