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Pygmy Right Whale (Caperea marginata)

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PHYLUM: Chordata

CLASS: Mammalia

ORDER: Cetacea

FAMILY: Neobalaenidae

GENUS: Caperea

SPECIES: marginata

TOOTHED or  BALEEN: baleen

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Southern hemisphere from the Antarctic to more temperate regions, depending on the time of year.

LENGTH (maximum): 21Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 10,000 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Right whales, dwarf minke whales

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Southern Right Whale, Humpback, dwarf minke, Antarctic minke, sei, fin, blue, sperm 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: It has rarely been hunted, but they suffer from ship strikes, entanglement and noise disturbance.

DIET: Copepods and occasionally krill

MANNER OF FEEDING: Skim feeding

BEHAVIOR: Very little is known about this species. They can accelerate rapidly when they are threatened. They travel alone or in pairs.Their behavior is probably similar to other baleen whales, such as spy hopping, rolling and breaching.

REPRODUCTION: Gestation is estimated at 12 months, calves stay with mother for 6-12 years

LIFE SPAN: unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD: 

They are extremely rare. Only studies have been done from stranded whales. It is unknown how many individuals exist. They are the smallest baleen whales.

SOURCES:

Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu

 

-TSF-

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