Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment / Climate / Range
Pelagic; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 1300 m (Ref. 1005). Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. Tropical to warm temperate zones.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 210 - 220 cm Max length : 270 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 210.0 kg (Ref. 1394)
Found offshore. Feeds on deep water cephalopods (Ref. 1394). Length at first maturity of males ranges from 210 to 220 cm (Ref. 75812). Usually in deeper offshore waters. Typically in groups of less than 5 individuals (Ref. 801). Feeds on deep water cephalopods (Refs. 801, 1394). Females may become pregnant in successive breeding seasons. Mating occurs in summer. Calving lasts over 5 months (Ref. 97768).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Females may become pregnant in successive breeding seasons. Mating occurs in summer. Calving lasts over 5 months (Ref. 97768).
Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
FAO(fisheries: production) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 2.4 - 13.9, mean 4.5 (based on 4397 cells; Ref. 115970
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)