Shepherd's beaked whale, Tasman whale
Unlike most beaked whales, Shepherd's beaked whales feed on fish, and not squid.
Body length: 6-7m, Weight: 2-3 tonnes.
Shepherd's beaked whales have a dark brown/black upper surface, fins, flippers and flukes, and a creamy underside. They have a light patch on the top of the head, diagonal stripes on the sides and a steep, round forehead with a long, narrow beak.
They live in the seas around New Zealand and South America, probably in deep water.
Shepherd's beaked whales feed on fish.
The behaviour of Shepherd's beaked whale is unknown.
They are classified as Data Deficient by the 2000 Red List.
Shepherd's beaked whales are one of the least-known cetaceans. They are only known from about 20 strandings and a few sightings.