Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded off the coasts of the Outer Hebrides, south-east of the Shetlands, off the west coasts of County Cork and off the north-west coast of Ireland.
HabitatCuvier's beaked whale is an oceanic deep-sea whale, diving to several hundred metres in depth.
- Up to 7.5 m in length.
- Small dorsal fin two-thirds down the body.
- Indistinct beak.
- Slightly concave top of the head.
- Pair of V-shaped throat grooves.
- Mouthline curved up at the rear.
Additional informationCuvier's beaked whale may be confused with the northern bottlenose whale Hyperoodon ampullatus but can be recognised by its indistinct beak and its concave forehead. Cuvier's beaked whales are usually found in small groups of up to 7 individuals but may be seen alone. It rarely breeches, and when diving, it will often show the tail flukes. Dives may last up to 40 minutes long (Kinze, 2002).
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Last Updated: 02/06/2008