Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 2332 m (Ref. 116169). Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical to warm temperate.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 366 - 427 cm Max length : 600 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 500 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 2.0 t (Ref. 1394)
Found in deep offshore waters (Refs. 1394, 118705). Typically in groups of 10 to 60 individuals (Ref. 801). Feeds primarily on fish and cephalopods (Refs. 801, 1394, 118705); was reported to attack small cetaceans and, on one occasion, even a humpback whale (Ref. 1394). Breeding occurs throughout the year (Ref. 97351). Foetal peaks on March to April and January to December (Ref. 97351).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Breeding occurs throughout the year (Ref. 97351).
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
FAO(fisheries: production) | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 2.3 - 5.8, mean 3.4 (based on 3246 cells).
Very high vulnerability (85 of 100)