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Hubb’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon carlhubbsi)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Ziphiidae
GENUS: Mesoplodon
SPECIES: carlhubbsi

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Temperate waters of North Pacific. West coast of US and off Japan.

LENGTH (maximum): 16Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 3,300 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Andrew’s, Gray’s, Baird’s Beaked Whales

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Ginko-toothed whale, Stejneger’s

This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: Whaling in Japan, Bycatch

DIET: Squid and fish

MANNER OF FEEDING: Deep foraging

BEHAVIOR: Males are very aggressive with one another. They are covered in scars. Inconspicuous

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • Has a white spot on the top of its melon, looking like a cap.
  • One of the few beaked whales that is hunted for meat.
  • More scarring than other whales.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002
  • http://www.beakedwhaleresource.com/bwhubbs.htm
  • http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/m_carhubbsi/m_carlhubbsi.htm

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