Yesterday a Cuvier's Beaked Whale otherwise known as a Goose-Beaked Whale washed up ashore in Phuket. Luckily the whale was uninjured and in good health.
After a few hours the whale was pulled through the strong surf and too deeper water where it dove back to the safer deeper water.
The whale was around 3 meters long – about half the size they grow to which is around 5- 7 meters.
These whales are rarely seen in shallow waters as they predominately live in waters 1,000m or more. They are the deepest diving mammal – with depths reached up to 2,992 meters / 9,816 feet and astonishing breath holding as they have been reordered diving for over 2 hours making this the longest dives documented for any mammal.
There is an estimated 100,000 + Beaked whales in the world.
Lets hope that this one does not wash up again and stays down in the safer deep waters.
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