Northern bottlenose whale fact sheet

The northern bottlenose whale is on of the best studied species in the beaked whale family. This robust whale is characterised by a large bulbous forehead which is more pronounced in older males. As with other beaked whale species, northern bottlenose whales can dive to extensive depths (over 1,400 m) where they feed mainly on squid, but also crustaceans and echinoderms (such as starfish and sea cucumbers). At a distance they can be mistaken for sperm whale because they have a similar blow which is inclined to the front of the whale. 
Northern bottlenose
whales are restricted to the north Atlantic, mainly in the cooler waters. They
have been observed in the waters around the Azores, but not on regular basis. They are usually seen in
groups of 4 – 20 individuals and are often very inquisitive towards boats.
Length: 
• Male: 11 m
• Female: 9 m


• Calf:  3 – 4 m


Weight: 
• Male: 7,500 kg


• Female: 7,500 kg

Global population: Unknown (population trend unknown)


Status: Data Deficient
Diet: Squid, fish, crustaceans, echinoderms
Teeth: 2 in the lower jaw (only males)
Longevity: 40 years
Breeding age: Unknown


Gestation: Unknown
Nursing: 1 year


In other languages
Portuguese: Baleia-de-bico-de-garrafa
Spanish: Zifio calderón boreal
French: Hypéroodon boréal
Italian: Iperodonte boreale

German: Nördlicher entenwal
Dutch: Noordelijke butskop
Swedish: Nordlig eller vanlig näbbval
Norwegian: Nebbhvalandehvalnordlig nebbhval


Danish: Nordlig døgling
Finnish: Pohjoisen pullokuonovalas
Polish:  Wal butelkonosy północny

Russian: Highbrow bottlenose

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