Northern bottlenose whales are one of the most inquisitive of the beaked whales. They often approach boats, which makes them easy to study - and in the past, easy to hunt. Hundreds of thousands were killed, and their habit of staying with wounded companions meant that whole pods were slaughtered. They had their population significantly reduced by whaling, but are now a protected species and their numbers will hopefully recover.
Scientific name: Hyperoodon ampullatus
The Northern bottlenose whale can be found in a number of locations including: United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Northern bottlenose whale distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Hyperoodon is a genus of beaked whale, containing just two species: the northern and southern bottlenose whales.
They are considered to be molluscivorous, eating mainly squid.
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