This mysterious whale is so elusive that it wasn’t seen alive in the wild until 1998. Gervais’ beaked whales live in the waters of the central and north Atlantic Ocean.
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Sometimes confused with the 21 other species of beaked whales, Gervais’ beaked whales are difficult to study. Weighing about 2,640 pounds, the whales can grow up to 17 feet long. Living an estimated 27 years, they eat squid, shrimp, and small fish. Since information on the species is scarce, it’s possible they are threatened by a number of factors. These include being caught as bycatch, noise pollution, and climate change.
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