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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.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.