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Distribution – population

Cuvier’s beaked whale is a purely pelagic species. It‘s found in all tropical and cold temperate seas, in small flocks. It prefers areas with steep, open waters and dives deeper than all cetaceans, up to 3,000m. In the Mediterranean it is considered a common species, with the main distribution areas being the Hellenic Trench (Ionian-southwest Crete-Rhodes).

The species is poorly studied.


  • Underwater noise
  • Lack of prey due to overfishing
  • Ship strikes
  • Climate change

Biology – ecology

Diet: Deep water squids

Length: up to 6m.

Weight: up to 3 tones

Lifespan: up to 36 years