Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment / Climate / Range
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 8000 m, usually 1000 - 4000 m. Temperate; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Circumglobal. Tropical to polar regions.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 580.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 750 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 700 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 3.0 t (Ref. 1394)
Distributed in offshore waters of all oceans; prefer deep water. Feeds mostly on deep sea squid, but also take on fish and some crustaceans (Ref. 936). Reported from 0 m-2079 m (Ref. 083345) but is observed to occur at greater depths based on more recent data and depth habitat use (Kaschner. K., pers. Comm., 20/10/14). Distributed in offshore waters of all oceans; prefer deep water. Feeds mostly on deep sea squid, but also take on fish and some crustaceans (Ref. 936). Common birth length: 270 cm (Ref. 75906).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
FAO(fisheries: production) | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)