Upper body dark grey, underneath white and sides with pale streaks or patches. White patch on each flipper. Grooves (throat pleats) underneath from throat and extending just past the flippers. Dorsal fin with curved edge. Water spray from blowhole is diffuse and often not visible. Up to 8.8 m long.
These whales sometimes perform aerial acts such as breaching. They grow to about 9200 kg. Once considered too small to be of commercial value, they are now heavily hunted in the Northern Hemisphere as populations of larger species have become depleted.
Tropical and temperate waters.
Worldwide. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)