Strap-toothed whale

Strap-toothed whale

Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Odontoceti
Family : Ziphiidae
Species : Mesoplodon layardii


The Layard's beaked whale, strap-toothed whale is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the straptoothed whale
A young / baby of a straptoothed whale is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A straptoothed whale group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
Strap-toothed whale habitats
Epipelagic (0-200m) and Marine Oceanic

Facts about the strap-toothed whale

Biology and Behaviour One of the largest of the beaked whales, the Strap-toothed Whale is also one of the few Mesoplodon species that can be readily identified at sea.

Description: Male strap-toothed whales are easy to spot at sea because they have two huge teeth growing out of their bottom jaws.

Distribution: Strap-toothed whales are known to inhabit cold waters around the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, South Africa, Namibia, the Falkland Islands, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Strap-Toothed Whales are a little known species whose teeth grow up and over the upper jaw!

Strap-toothed whales are commonly stranded, but little has been learned from the few sightings of live animals.

Strap-toothed whales are large, with strong, dark and light markings and scarring.

The conservation status of the Strap-toothed Whale is insufficiently known to science.

The Strap-toothed Whale is a [CITIES-listed Endangered Species]

Strap-toothed Whales are known from at least ninety records. (Full text)

The Strap Toothed Whale (Mesoplodon layardii) is the (Full text)

This strap-toothed whale is one of the beaker whales. (Full text)

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