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Andrew’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bowdoini)

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

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Coast of Australia and New Zealand. Possibly circumpolar in the southern hemisphere.

LENGTH (maximum): 16Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): Unknown

RELATIVE SPECIES: Hubb’s and Ggray’s Beaked whales.

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Gray’s, Hector’s, Strap-toothed 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: Noise disturbance

DIET: Probably deep-sea fish and squid

MANNER OF FEEDING: Unknown

BEHAVIOR: Probably aggressive towards other males, based on scarring.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • No documented sightings at sea.
  • Has sharp teeth that protrude past rostrum.

 

SOURCES:

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

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