Sowerby's beaked whale
This was the first of the beaked whales to be discovered, after an individual was found stranded in Scotland, 1800. English artist John Sowerby described it four years later, hence its name.
Body length: 4-5m, Weight: 1-1.3 tonnes.
Sowerby's beaked whales have a blue-grey upper surface, with a white belly. Some individuals have white/grey spots. They have a small dorsal fin and a long, slender beak. Males have protruding teeth midway down the beak.
They inhabit the North Atlantic and Baltic, temperate seas
Sowerby's beaked whales feed on fish and squid.
They live alone or in small groups.
Sowerby's beaked whales are classified as Data Deficient by the 2000 Red List.
They are rarely seen, but are commonly stranded. They are one of the most northerly beaked whales.