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Tasman Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) aka Shepherd’s Beaked Whale

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Ziphiidae
GENUS: Tasmacetus
SPECIES: shepherdi

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Cold temperate offshore waters of southern hemisphere, specifically New Zealand.

LENGTH (maximum): 19-23 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 2-3 tons

RELATIVE SPECIES: Cuvier’s, Arnoux and other beaked whales.

OTHER NAMES: Tasman Beaked Whale

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Arnoux, Cuvier’s, Hector’s, Southern Bottlenose whale

PREDATORS: Humans

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: Pollution, such as plastic has been ingested by these whales.

DIET: Bottom-dwelling fish and squid.

MANNER OF FEEDING: Forage the bottom of the ocean.

BEHAVIOR: Travels in small pods, dives deep and avoids ships. This makes it hard to observe in the wild.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • In February of 2012, they were caught on camera for the first time.
  • Unlike other beaked whales, it has numerous teeth in the upper and lower jaw.

SOURCES:

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

 

 

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