Body pattern dark grey-brown above and paler below. Highly arched posterior lower jaw. Large triangular tusks, extending above upper jaw in males. Up to 4.7 m long.
From studies in the Bahamas, these whales are thought to form harems, groups of one adult male and several accompanying females. They have been recorded diving to depth of 1400 m and submerged for nearly an hour.
Temperate and tropical waters, to depth of 1400 m.
Worldwide. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Data Deficient
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)