Mammalia | Cetacea
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 750 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 700 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 3.0 t (Ref. 1394)
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 8000 m, usually 1000 - 4000 m
Climate / Range
Temperate; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Circumglobal. Tropical to polar regions.
Distributed in offshore waters of all oceans; prefer deep water. Feeds mostly on deep sea squid, but also take on fish and some crustaceans (Ref. 936). Reported from 0 m-2079 m (Ref. 083345) but is observed to occur at greater depths based on more recent data and depth habitat use (Kaschner. K., pers. Comm., 20/10/14). Distributed in offshore waters of all oceans; prefer deep water. Feeds mostly on deep sea squid, but also take on fish and some crustaceans (Ref. 936). Common birth length: 270 cm (Ref. 75906).
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)