Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Pelagic; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 2418 m (Ref. 116169), usually 600 - 1000 m (Ref. 104603). Tropical; 15°C - 16°C (Ref. 97344); 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical and warm temperate.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 1.0, range 1 - 1 cm Max length : 610 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 550 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 3.6 t (Ref. 1394)
Found in deep offshore areas (Ref. 936, 122680). Their main foraging grounds are those with high density of squid (Ref. 122680), its primary food. Sometimes feeds on fish (Refs. 936, 122680) and octopus (Ref. 122680). They are gregarious, rarely found solitary (Ref. 114960).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Males mature later than females because of their size and polygynous breeding behavior. Breeding longevity of Pacific species lasts for 17 to 31 years. Those less than 24 years old have a relatively high reproductive potential and longer resting period (Ref. 97344).
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
FAO - Fisheries: landings, species profile | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 2.4 - 13.7, mean 4.4 (based on 4642 cells).
Very high vulnerability (86 of 100)