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Cuvier’s beaked whale

Cuvier's beaked whale

See all species Cuvier’s beaked whales are the champion divers amongst whales – they hold the record for the deepest and longest dive for any mammal. Cuvier’s have flipper pockets, a special adaption for diving which allows them to tuck their flippers in and make their bodies super-streamlined. Cuvier’s beaked whales are amazing, but like…

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Underwater sounds could be from new whale species

Researchers on board a research vessel sailing the waters near the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula have identified a unique whale song that could well come from a new species of whale. The team investigating the sound included researchers from WDC’s Latin America office in Argentina. The signal, known as the…

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Beaked whale deaths in Scotland puzzle experts

A five-fold increase in the number of stranded Cuvier’s beaked whales washing up on the shores around the west coast of Scotland over December has caused concern in the region. An unusually large number of beaked whales have been found dead on local beaches over the past couple of weeks but are too decomposed for…

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And the award for deep-diving champion goes to?

Not the sperm whale as some might have thought, but in fact the lesser known Cuvier’s beaked whale!!  Researchers from Cascadia Research Collective recorded an individual Cuvier’s beaked whale diving to a depth of almost 3km and staying there for 137 minutes, beating the former record holder – the southern elephant seal – by some…

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