Blainville's Beaked Whale Facts

  • Scientific Name:
    Mesoplodon densirostris
  • Family:
    Ziphidae
  • Adult Length:
    4 - 6 m (13 - 19 ft)
  • Coloration:
    Blue-gray to orange-brown
  • Blow:
    Small blow projects forward, sometimes visible
  • Breaching:
    Unknown
  • Group size:
    1-6
Blainville's Beaked Whale

Occasionally seen offshore.

Identification:

Very similar in shape and size to other beaked whales of the genus Mesoplodon. Identification requires close views of the beak which appears first as me animal surfaces. The forehead is low and flat leading to a shortish beak, behind which both sides of me lower jaw are distinctly arched towards the base. Unlike Gingko-toothed Beaked Whale the arch is rounded. Mature males display a large single tooth, irrupting from me centre of each arch.

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