Body coloured pale white-grey underneath and dark on sides and back. White patch extending from dorsal fin to underside (Victorian/southern hemisphere individuals). Black ring around eye. Oval-shaped teeth (in cross-section) in tip of lower jaw. Water spray from blowhole is bushy or indistinct. Up to 5.4 m long.
Individuals of this species are visually different in the northern and southern hemispheres and occur in ranges that are not known to overlap, suggesting that this beaked whale may be two species or subspecies. They can weigh up to 1400 kg and newborn calves are about 2 m long.
Temperate waters of northern and southern hemispheres.
North Atlantic, southern Indian and Atlantic oceans. 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)