Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are an unusual sighting in most parts of the World, but are seen regularly in the Bay of Biscay. On a recent crossing of the Bay, a pod of 8 Cuvier’s beaked whales were observed to be displaying very unusual behaviour.
Cuvier’s beaked whales are amongst the more unusual and rare cetacean sightings globally. Like many species of beaked whale, they are known to inhabit deep-water canyons and slope waters, which tend to be found far from shore. They spend the majority of their time diving to great depths in search of their food and spend only a limited time on the surface recovering from their deep dives and are therefore not researched widely.
Such canyons and continental slope waters are known to occur in the Bay of Biscay and the unique year round research of BDRP has demonstrated that Cuvier’s beaked whales are found in these waters all year round.
Whatever the reason for the behaviour, these exciting new findings from Biscay add to the knowledge base on this enigmatic whale species.
For further information on the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) please contact Adrian Shephard, Public Relations & Publicity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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