It is the responsibility of the U.S. Navy and the science community to effectively monitor populations that are being impacted to affect change when needed. Beaked whale species are a bit of mystery to scientists, spending much of their time far from shore. 3, upper left), more than 20 species of beaked whales, and the killer whale (Orcinus orca) (Fig. The authors are research biologists with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation. Follow us and be up to date with upcoming giveaways & outdoor news! Size. Follow the organization’s work at http://www.bahamaswhales.org and also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These whales are 10.7-12.8 m (35-42 ft) long. or more when fully grown. See how and where the big ones …. Diet. In the North Pacific, it occurs as far north as the Aleutians and in the North Atlantic as far north as Atlantic Canada in the west to Shetland in the east.
Whaleopedia was developed with initial funding from VISA.  The species has been reported taken incidentally in fisheries in Colombia, the Italian swordfish fishery, and in the drift gillnet fishery off the U.S. west coast, where between 22 and 44 individuals died each year off California and Oregon from 1992 to 1995. Females appear slightly heavier than the males, weighing over 24,000 pounds (11,000 kilograms). In the Southern Hemisphere, it occurs as far south as Tierra del Fuego, South Africa, southern Australia, New Zealand, and the Chatham Islands. Length and Weight: These whales reach about 30 ft (9 m) and about 9 tons (8,200 kg). Turns out that’s a difficult question to answer. Size comparison of an average human and a Gray's beaked whale (Mesoplodon grayi). Sat quite far back on their bodies, their dorsal fins are small and triangular and have a round curve under the tip. The jawline of Blainville's Beaked Whale (also toothed in males) is much more highly arched than that of Andrews' Beaked Whale. Pygmy beaked whales, Mesoplodon peruvianus (Reyes, Mead and Van Waerebeek, 1991), also known as lesser or Peruvian beaked whales, are one of the latest discovered and smallest members of the genus Mesoplodon. Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating, and outdoor enthusiasts. What do Pygmy beaked whales look like? Toothed whales include the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) (Fig. Baird’s beaked whales get their name from Spencer F. Baird, who was a renowned naturalist in the late 1800s and the second secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Its dorsal fin was said to be sword-shaped, and pierced ship's hulls, while the beak was said to resemble an owl's head. Well, the U.S. Navy, that’s who. Arnoux's and Baird's Beaked Whales, the only two species in the genus Berardius, are very similar in appearance; the differences given in the original description of Baird's Beaked Whale, and thought to distinguish this whale from Arnoux's Beaked Whale, have been disputed. Although Shepherd's beaked whaleis an exception, most species have only one or two pairs of teeth, and even these do not e… Andrews' Beaked Whale has a proportionally longer beak. The dorsal fin varies in shape from triangular to highly falcate, whilst the fluke is about one-quarter the body length. , Beaked whales may also be sensitive to noise: a higher incidence of strandings has been recorded in noisy seas such as the Mediterranean, and multiple mass strandings have occurred following operations by the Spanish Navy in the Canary Islands. Species of cetacean in the family Ziphidae. Beaked whales are moderate in size, ranging from 4.0 to 13 metres (13.1 to 42.7 ft) and weighing from 1.0 to 15 tonnes (0.98 to 14.76 long tons; 1.1 to 16.5 short tons). Females reach lengths of about 36 feet, while males are slightly smaller at about 35 feet. Individuals commonly have white scars and patches caused by cookiecutter sharks.