Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment / Climate / Range
Pelagic; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 1989 m (Ref. 116169). 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)
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. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
FAO(fisheries: production) | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 2.4 - 13.9, mean 4.5 (based on 4397 cells).
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)