Brownish-grey upperparts and lighter grey underparts. Individuals become lighter with age. Short beak and inflated forehead ("melon"). Females and juveniles have a forehead that smoothly joins the beak, while older males have a protruding forehead. Up to 8 m long.
Southern Bottlenose Whales typically live in waters that are more than 1000 m in depth, where they live in small groups of up to 12 individuals. Young are born during spring and summer.
Humans interactions include:
Vulnerable to loud human-generated sounds and driftnet fishing.
Waters beyond the continental shelf and over submarine canyons, to depths greater than 1000 m.
Most Southern Hemisphere waters, including southern Australia. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)