Mammalia | Cetacea
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 600 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 500 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 2.0 t (Ref. 1394)
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 795 m (Ref. 102386)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical to warm temperate.
Found in deep offshore waters. Feeds primarily on fish and cephalopods; was reported to attack small cetaceans and, on one occasion, even a humpback whale (Ref. 1394). Length at first maturity ranges from 366 to 427 cm for females and 396 to 457 cm for males (Ref. 75906). Found in deep offshore waters (Ref. 1394). Typically in groups of 10 to 60 individuals (Ref. 801). Feeds primarily on fish and cephalopods (Refs. 801, 1394); was reported to attack small cetaceans and, on one occasion, even a humpback whale (Ref. 1394). Breeding occurs throughout the year (Ref. 97351). Foetal peaks on March to April and January to December (Ref. 97351).
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 (85 of 100)