Blainville's beaked whale

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Blainville's beaked whale

Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Odontoceti
Family : Ziphiidae
Species : Mesoplodon densirostris


The Blainville's beaked whale is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Blainville
A young / baby of a Blainville is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A Blainville group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
Blainville's beaked whale habitats
Epipelagic (0-200m) and Marine Oceanic
Some facts about the
Blainville's beaked whale

Adult weight : 1088 kg (2393.6 lbs)

Female maturity :3287 days

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Facts about the Blainville's beaked whale

Blainville's Beaked Whale or Mesoplodon densirostris is listed on the IUCN Red list (1996) as Data Deficient . (Full text)

Several rare species of tropical whales have been documented to in habit the oceanic waters and an unprecedented study on the life history of dense-beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) is underway.

De spitssnuitdolfijn van de Blainville (Mesoplodon densirostris) is een in tropische wateren levende spitssnuitdolfijn. (Wiki)

Blainville's Beaked Whale is the most widely distributed Mesoplodon.

Blainville's Beaked Whale distribution map Distribution:Blainville's Beaked Whale is the most widely distributed Mesoplodon.

  Walters said the Blainville’s beaked whale is found in tropical waters, but is not a well-known species. (Full text)

The conservation status of the Blainville's Beaked Whale is insufficiently known to science.

Blainville's Beaked Whale Blainville's Beaked Whale is the most widely distributed Mesoplodon.

General description and habits: The male Blainville's beaked whale is very odd looking. (Full text)

Although present in all the world's oceans, the Blainville's beaked whale is found along the Atlantic Coast and near South Africa, with small groups sighted in Hawaii, especially off the Waianae Coast, according to the book "Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises," written by Mark Carwardine. (Full text)

The male Blainville's Beaked Whale is one of the oddest-looking of all cetaceans.

Blainville's Beaked Whales are often observed in small groups; there have been sightings of groups of 3-7 animals off Hawaii. (Full text)

Blainville's beaked whales are thought to have the widest distribution of all the beaked whales.

When they are born, Blainville's beaked whales are between 1. (Full text)

Help with Terminology Adult Blainville's beaked whales are blue-gray above and white below; coloration of young has not been properly described. (Full text)

But since Blainville's beaked whales are found in tropical and warm temperate regions of all oceans, usually in waters with slopes from 1,600-3,300 feet (500-1000 m), they must share habitats with other beaked whales.

Blainville's beaked whales are known to breed here with a reproductive peak in autumn. (Full text)

AKA: dense, Atlantic or Tropical beaked whale Blainville's beaked whales are dark bluish gray with light undersides with the dorsal fin darker than the body and a (Full text)

Like other toothed whales, Blainville's beaked whales are believed to feed on squid and fish and may live in social groups of several individuals.

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