Diving behaviour of a Baird’s beaked whale, Berardius bairdii, in the slope water region of the western North Pacific: first dive records using a data logger


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A depth and temperature data logger was deployed by air gun on an individual Baird’s beaked whale (Berardius bairdii) off the Pacific coast of Japan. The retrieved data logger recorded 81 dives over approximately 29 h. The maximum recorded depth and the longest dive duration were 1777 m and 64.4 min, respectively. All dives were classified into three categories by depth: deep dives (>1000 m), intermediate dives (100–1000 m), and shallow dives (<100 m). Several intermediate dives generally followed a deep dive, and sequential shallow dives followed several intermediate dives in the record of the Baird’s beaked whale.