Longman’s beaked whales are pelagic and feed in the deep sea. This conclusion is based on the extreme rarity of sightings and the lifestyles of related species. Also, a specimen was discovered off the coast of Japan in July of 2002. This specimen had distinctive bites from a cookie cutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis). This shark generally lives in the deep sea and its bites are common in deep sea marine life. There is very little data for any of the species in the family Ziphiidae, but one study found that the maximum depth for this related species was 1267 meters.
Habitat Regions: tropical ; saltwater or marine
Aquatic Biomes: pelagic
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