Further names: Portuguese: Baleia-de-bico-de-Cuvier, Zifio; English: Goosebeak whale
Size of adults: 6,90 m (males); 5,50 m (females)
Prey: Squid, fish, crustaceans
Behaviour: Little knowledge about their social behaviour. They occur in small groups and sightings are usually very brief. Can be quite active at the surface engaging in impressive breaches.
Range: In deep waters worldwide (excluding polar regions); prefers deep seas
Madeira: Occasionally encountered in the summer
Distinctive features: Pale or almost white head coloration and a distinctive “dip” between melon and back. Their relatively tiny and triangular dorsal fin is set further towards their flukes.
Taxonomy: Suborder: Odontoceti (Toothed Whales); Family: Ziphiidae (Beaked Whales)
Threats: Are victims of bycatch in fishing gear (mainly deepwater-driftnets) and of naval military excercises and seismic drilling, noise pollution that causes panic resulting in decompression illness, acoustic trauma and embolism. Are listed as least concern by the IUCN, global populations are estimated to a total of 100,000 animals).