Southern bottlenose whale

The southern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon planifrons) is a species of whale, in the ziphiid family, one of two members of the genus Hyperoodon. Seldom observed and rarely hunted, the southern bottlenose whale is probably the most abundant whale in Antarctic waters. The species was first described by English zoologist William Henry Flower in 1882, based on a water-worn skull from Lewis Island, in the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia.

Southern bottlenose whale
  • Size

    The southern bottlenose whale is fairly rotund and measures 7.5 m (25 ft) in length when physically mature.

  • Feeding

    The southern bottlenose whale feed mainly on squid and krill.

  • Life History

    Very little is known about the life histories of beaked whales. There are currently no data available on their reproductive rates.

  • Behavior

    Southern bottlenose whales have a reported maximum group size of 20 individuals, with the average ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 individuals.