Further names: Portuguese: Baleia-de-bico-de-Sowerby
Size of adults: Males: 5,5 m; Females: 5 m
Prey: Squid, small fish
Behaviour: Surface with their beaks sticking out of the water at a steep angle. Very timid animals that can be surface active, with several observations of breaching individuals.
Range: They have one of the most northerly distribution of all beaked whales: eastern North Atlantic, in the seas around Norway, the UK and Iceland, and in the western North Atlantic off of Canada and Massachusetts, USA. Sowerby’s beaked whales prefer deeper waters and are found offshore past the continental shelf.
Madeira: Very rarely encountered
Distinctive features: Long and spindleshaped body with a small and flat forehead that extends into a long beak with triangular shaped pair of teeth erupting in adult males. They have a relatively small dorsal fin set well back towards the fluke dorsal color is dark bluish grey; underside paler; small blow;
Taxonomy: Suborder: Odontoceti (Toothed Whales); Family: Ziphiidae (Beaked Whales)
Threats: Accidental entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, marine debris, noise pollution. Listed as Data deficient by the IUCN.