Length: 3.6m/11.9ft (newborn); 6.9-8.7m/22.8-28.7ft (adult female), 7.5-9.8m/24.7-32.3ft (adult male).
Head and Beak: The northern bottlenose whale has a bulbous forehead (flatter in old males) and a short dolphin-like beak.
Fin and Markings: Erect, hooked fin, two-thirds along the back; the northern bottlenose whale body is chocolate brown to greenish brown above, lighter on flanks, lightening to buff or cream on head with age.
ID: Bushy blow to 2m high, slightly forward pointing; the bulbous forehead and tall hooked fin of the northern bottlenose whale are often all that shows above the surface.
Status and distribution: The northern bottlenose whale is uncommon, mainly in northern Atlantic Ocean trenches such as occur off, western Norway and in the Barents Sea. In coastal North European waters, mainly April to September.
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