| Hector’s beaked whale is known from the South Atlantic, the South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean off South Africa, which made cetologists (scientists who study whales) think it was a Southern Hemisphere species, but since 1981, several strandings in California have indicated that the species also lives in the Northern Hemisphere. Information about the animal is very limited.
Also known as:
New Zealand Beaked Whale
up to 4.3 m males; up to 4.4 m females
Gray, J.E., 1871. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 4, 8:116.
Mammal Species of the World