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Mesoplodon mirus

True's Beaked Whale

Order: Cetacea
Family: Ziphiidae

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Conservation Status: Data Deficient.


Found along the North American coastline from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, True’s beaked whale also inhabits temperate waters off the coast of Europe, and there are records of the species from near Australia and South Africa. Squid beaks have been found in the stomachs of stranded animals, but no fish. Very few have been weighed or measured. The longest male on record measured 5.3 m; the longest female, which weighed 1,394 kg, was 5.1 m long.

Length:
Range: up to 5.5 m males; up to 5.1 m females

Weight:
Range: 1,394 kg female

References:

True, F.W., 1913.  Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 60(25):1.

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Distribution of Mesoplodon mirus

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