Rare Arnoux’s beaked whales filmed near Antarctic

This video says about itself:

Arnoux’s Beaked Whales performing in the Hauraki Gulf New Zealand 28/01/2012, Tiritiri Matangi Island in the distance.

Arnoux's Beaked Whale

From Underwater Times:

Expedition Films Rare Arnoux’s Beaked Whale Pod; Scars Draw Attention of Scientists

Underwatertimes.com News Service

Dresden, Germany (Dec 22, 2006 13:54 EST) On the 17th of December, Meike Scheidat & Linn Lehnert, the whale watchers on board of Polarstern, made a remarkable cetaceans sighting: Four Arnoux’s Beaked Whales (Berardius arnuxii), observed from the helicopter.

The Arnoux’s Beaked Whales is one of the least known species of the Beaked Whales family (Ziphidae), itself poorly known in general.

Arnoux’s is one of the biggest species amongst beaked whales.

The ones observed were probably 9 metre long.

These deep-sea feeding whales are particularly sensitive to underwater acoustic disturbances.

The pictures showed a whole array of scars on their skin, which are already under investigation.

Some of these scars could have been inflicted by orcas, their potential predators, or by squids, their most common preys, as proposed by Elaina Jorgensen one of our cephalopod specialist onboard.

Other scars could be caused by cookie-cutter sharks, which would imply big migration between the subtropical waters where these sharks are found and the ice-edge (64°06 S) where they were observed.

See also here.

Right whale species here.

Why do narwhals have tusks? Here.

Melon-headed whales: here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Whales and whale lice species: here.

Parasitic Cookiecutter sharks seem to prefer biting chunks from Swordfish as opposed to other species: here.

4 thoughts on “Rare Arnoux’s beaked whales filmed near Antarctic

  1. Listening System May Help Save Right Whales Comments: 2

    Date: 8/6/05 at 1:14PM

    Mood: Listening Playing: Don’t kill the whale

    BOSTON Aug 5, 2005 — Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale.

    The results aren’t too impressive.

    An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.

    But scientists say an underwater listening system they’re developing will dramatically improve detection and reduce whale deaths.

    The “passive acoustic” system would find whales and immediately transmit their location to nearby vessels.

    “It will reduce (ship) strikes, period,” said Richard Merrick, chief of the protected species branch at NOAA Fisheries, New England.

    Source: ABC site


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