Gervais' beaked whale Mesoplodon europaeus (Gervais, 1855)
Suborder: Odontoceti Family: Ziphiidae
Sightings in Madeira
April to June
Robust, medium sized beaked whale mainly bluish grey to grey on the upperside and whitish below.
Small, narrow head with indistinct melon and mid-length beak
Mature male has a pair of teeth that erupt towards the tip of jawline
Small dorsal fin with variable shape, from shark-like to curved with a rounded tip
Rarely seen at sea and it probably avoids vessels.
When surfacing beak emerges first.
Central and North Atlantic Ocean whale ranging from 50º North to 15º South
Deep subtropical and warm waters of the North and Central Atlantic
In groups between 2 to 5 individuals
Max length: 5.2 m
Adult weight: 1 to 2 ton
Weak and difficult to see at sea
IUCN Status: Data deficient
Madeira frequency status: Rare
Other languages common names
ENG - Antillian beaked whale, Gulf Stream beaked whale, or European beaked whale
GER - Gervais-Zweizahnwal, Europäischer Schnabelwal
FRA - Mésoplodon De Gervais
ESP - Zifio de Gervais, Zifio europeo, Ballena de pico de Gervais
DAN - Gervais' næbhval
ITA - Mesoplodonte di Gervais
NED - Spitssnuitdolfijn van Gervais
POL - Wal europejski
POR - Baleia de bico de Gervais, Baleia bicuda de Gervais
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