TAXONOMY
Ziphius cavirostris G. Cuvier, 1823, France.

OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Goose-beaked whale; French: Ziphius de Cuvier; German: Cuvier-Schnabelwal; Spanish: Ballena de Cuvier.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Up to 23 ft (7 m) in size and brown to tan in shade. Adult males have pale heads and backs, and might be coated in massive numbers of lengthy pale scars attributable to the tusks of different males. Their tusks are conical in form, located on the tip of the decrease jaw, and solely erupt to turn into useful in grownup males.

DISTRIBUTION
The widest distribution of any beaked whale species, being present in tropical to cold-temperate waters of all of the world’s oceans.

HABITAT
Generally present in deep waters past the sting of the continental cabinets and normally seen in water depths of higher than 3,300 ft (1,000 m). Sightings are sometimes reported over marine options comparable to canyons, escarpments, and shelf edges.

BEHAVIOR
Recorded in teams of up to seven animals. While on the floor, essentially the most attribute habits is a three-quarter lunge out of the water, usually in response to a detailed strategy by a ship. Dives could final for greater than 30 minutes and animals could attain depths of over 3,300 ft (1,000 m).

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Consumes deepwater squid, fish, and crustaceans, and dives to nice depths to seize them.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY
Almost nothing is understood about replica. Adult males are bigger than females and have excessive ranges of scarring attributable to the tusks of different males. These options are according to a polygamous mating system.

CONSERVATION STATUS
Classified as Data Deficient by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Taken in small numbers by Japanese whalers within the North Pacific. Other than this, Cuvier’s beaked whales are of little significance to people.


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