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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Dense-beaked Whale

Drawing by Graham Sanders
Blainsvilles or the Dense-beaked Whale is generally grey-brown above and lighter underneath. Adults have a darker dorsal fin and large spots all over the body. In the female the beak is very white. The lower jaw is quite arched and has a prominent tooth in the males that can be encrusted with barnacles. This makes them look like they have two dark pompoms on the head making males easily identified at sea.

General Information

Males can reach up to 6m in length with females slightly
Distribution map of sightings and strandings (click to enlarge)
smaller and have a maximum weight of 1 tonne. Newborns are less than 2m. They are mature at about 4.5m when they are around ten years of age. Mostly they occur in groups of 3-7. On surfacing they will extend their beak and sometimes slap it in the water. They are more likely to approach vessels than other beaked whales.

Stranding Information

Only a few strandings of Dense-beaked Whales have been recorded from Australia with Queensland having seven and most states having at least one recording. Tasmania to date (2013) has had two, including one male animal at Marrawah. More strandings occur in South Africa. They seem to prefer tropical waters and are circumglobal - making them the most widely distributed of the beaked whales. They are seen more often than other beaked whales closer to the coast.