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Curvier's Beaked Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Ziphius cavirostris
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
6ft 6"- 9ft 9"
Weight:
2-3 tons
Color:
color varies from black to brown with white or cream blotches on the underside
Diet:
fish and squid
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Curvier's Beaked Whale

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Curvier's Beaked Whale Description
  Cuvier's beaked whales appear to be one of the most abundant of the beaked whale family. Their foreheads slope gently to a slight beak which becomes less obvious with age. They have two teeth which are just visible when the mouth is closed. Their colour varies from black to brown with white or cream coloured blotches and circular scars on the underside and sides. Older males have extensive white areas from the beak to the top centre of the body.
They have long, robust bodies with dorsal fins which vary from triangular to sickle-shaped. Their flukes are broad, being up to one quarter of their body length with no middle notch.
 
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