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Straptoothed Whale (Mesoplodon layardii) aka Layard’s beaked whale

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

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Cool temperate waters of southern hemisphere.

LENGTH (maximum): 19Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 2,200-2,900 pounds

RELATIVE SPECIES: Arnoux, Andrew’s, Gray’s, Hector’s, Blainville’s,

OTHER NAMES: Layard’s Beaked Whale

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Blainville, Gray’s, Cuvier’s, Arnoux’s

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: Unknown

DIET: Squid

MANNER OF FEEDING: They have to eat slender squid because their teeth prevent them from opening their mouths wide.

BEHAVIOR: Likes to bask on the surface, dives down without creating a ripple in the water. Rarely lifts fluke out of the water.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • Most easily distinguishable out of all the beaked whales because of the dark mask on its face.

SOURCES:

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

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