Marine Mammals Information Database :Illustrated Guide of Marine Mammals

Baird's beaked whale

Scientific Name : Berardius bairdii / Japanese Name : tsuchi-kujira


Order Cetacea
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Ziphiidae
Genus Berardius
Species bairdii
Subspecies -
Subtype -
CITES Appendix I IUCN RedData Status Data Deficient
Baleen plates or tooth-Upper jaw - Baleen plates or tooth-Lower jaw 2
At birth At weaning Adult Adult male Adult female
Body length 15.0ft - 33-42.5ft - -
Body weight - - 10t - -
Feature and Habit
Body is long and round in cross section. The well-defined melon continues to the long and tube-like beak sharp at an abrupt angle. The dorsal fin is small, triangular in shape, and locates two-third of the body length from the tip of rostrum. Males have two pairs of flattened teeth near the tip of lower jaw. One pair of them is visible when their mouth is closed. The throat grooves are 70cm long. Some whales have the little groove in the middle. Body color is black, brown or gray and they have little patch at the ventral side. They have many scars caused by other males of the same species.
Stranding Record(s) in Japan

Marine Mammals Skull Database

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Sex M Reproductive Condition adult
Body length 1066 Locality Off Shirahama, Chiba
Museum No. - Other No. -

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