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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Ziphius cavirostris - Cuvier's Beaked Whale

Range & Status

Found in all except polar seas, preferring deep offshore waters. They are not known to migrate. Rarely recorded north of the British Isles, whereas, it is the most common beaked whale recorded off the Iberian Peninsula and in the Mediterranean. Most records in UK waters come from the south-west approaches to the English Channel, Western Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland (UK Biodiversity Group, 1999).


Four records in the region in 1916 (1), 1926 (1), 1989 (1), 2002 (1).


No sightings of this species.


This species is classed as Least Concern. (Taylor et al ., 2008g. Ziphius cavirostris . In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 18 March 2009.) A UK Biodiversity Grouped Plan species.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.