Gray's Beaked Whale
marine life of Namibia
Introduction: Gray's beaked whale (Mesoplodon grayi) is a very gregarious mammal that has a habit of stranding in larger groups, sometimes as many as 20 individuals, but between 5 and 8 are more common. It is slender in size, unusual for this genus and the beak is very long and pointed for such a whale, with a relatively straight mouth line. A feature of this whale is holding prey in the upper teeth, otherwise it isn't clear why this species has them.
Diet: Fish and squid.
Colouring: Dark slate-grey head, body and flanks and a paler grey on the sides and underparts. There is a distinctive dark streak down the middle of the belly and the outer surface of the flippers are dark. Pure white upper jaw and lips slope down to the eyes to form a v-shape.
Breeding: Calves are 2.4m long when born.
Size: Grows to a maximum of 5.7m in length. Weight: 1,100kg.
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