Most of the information on these whales has been determined from only two skulls.
Indo-Pacific beaked whales have a body length of 5-5.5m, a flat head, a moderately long beak, and a distinctive dorsal fin, which is low, wide-based and triangular.
Males are black, with a cream-coloured swathe originating immediately underneath the dorsal surface of the head. Females are smaller, uniform grey-brown or bronze-coloured.
The distribution of Indo-Pacific beaked whales is not known, although skulls have been found on Queensland and Somalia.
Indo-Pacific beaked whales live in groups of up to eight individuals.
Indo-Pacific beaked whales are classified as Data Deficient by the 2000 Red List.