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Cuvier's beaked whale


Cuvier's beaked whale

Cuvier's beaked whale or the goose-beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), the Cuvier's beaked whale or the goose-beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), the only member of the genus Ziphius, is the most widely distributed of all the beaked whales.[2] Though it is pelagic, prefers water deeper than and avoids ships, it is still one of the most frequently spotted beaked whales.[1]

The species name comes from Greek , "sword", and Latin , "hollow" and , "beak", referring to the indentation on the head in front of the blowhole.[2]

History of discovery

The French anatomist

  • Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)
  • Cuvier's Beaked Whale - The Beaked Whale Resource
  • Cuvier's Beaked Whale - ARKive bio
  • MNZ MM002092, collected Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 14 October 1988
  • Voices of the Sea - Sounds of the Cuvier's beaked Whale

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Beaked whales may also be sensitive to noise: a higher incidence of strandings has been recorded in noisy seas such as the Mediterranean, and multiple mass strandings have occurred following operations by the Spanish Navy.[10]

[9]).Pacific Cetaceans MoU and the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and Their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region ([8])Western African Aquatic Mammals MoU The species is further included in the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Conservation of the Manatee and Small Cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia ([7]).ACCOBAMS and the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area ([6])ASCOBANS Cuvier's beaked whale is covered by the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas ([5] from 1992 to 1995.Oregon and California and ]] fishery, and in the drift gillnet fishery off the U.S. west coast, where between 22 and 44 individuals died each year off rostrum are large and lack the medial notch found in all other cetaceans. The head is short with a small, poorly defined flukes It is thought that Cuvier's beaked whales were the inspiration for the Ziphius, or Water-Owl, a creature in medieval folklore which had the characteristics of both an owl and a fish. Its dorsal fin was said to be sword-shaped, and pierced ship's It ther beaked whales, its [4] compared the type specimen to another that had stranded itself at Aresquiès, Hérault, in May of the same year, and found the two to be identical.Paul Gervais for "hollow" or "concave", in reference to the deep hollow (the prenarial basin) in the skull, a diagnostic trait of the species. Cuvier believed it to represent the remains of an extinct species. It was not until 1850 that zoologists realized the extant nature of the species, when cavus, the specific name being derived from the Latin Ziphius cavirostris, in 1804 from a peasant who had found it on the seashore the previous year. Cuvier named it Fos, near Bouches-du-Rhône. It had been obtained by M. Raymond Gorsse in the department of France coast of Mediterranean first described the species based on an imperfect skull from the [3]

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