Mammalia | Cetacea
Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 270 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 210.0 kg (Ref. 1394)
Pelagic; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 1300 m (Ref. 1005)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. Tropical to warm temperate zones.
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). Also Ref. 75815 (Ref. 75812).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)