PORT PHILLIP BAY


Gray's Beaked Whale 

Mesoplodon grayi

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Ziphiidae
Genus:
Mesoplodon
Species:
grayi

General Description

Body usually grey with white patches front of forehead, genital region and upper and lower jaws. Triangular teeth in middle of lower jaw. Young whales with darker beaks and paler underneath than adults. Water spray from blowhole is low and diffuse. Up to 5.6 m long.

Biology

Individuals of these beaked whales weigh about 1000 kg. They are mostly seen as singles or pairs of animals.

Habitat

Deep areas beyond the continental shelf in temperate waters of the Southern Hemisphere.

Open water

Distribution guide

Southern Hemisphere. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.

Species Group

Mammals Whales and dolphins

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

5.6 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)
  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Data Deficient

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Patullo, B., 2011, Gray's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon grayi, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/8087

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