Blainville’s beaked whale

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    Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville, 1817)

These are shy and peaceful whales. Blainville’s beaked whales spend most of their time under water. 

They are relatively small although they can reach 6 metres. Long and slim, the colour of their body can be from dark grey to dark brown.  Their head ends with a beak. Males may feature 2 visible teeth in the lower jaw. 

Their estimated lifespan is unknown. 

They are exceptional divers: up to 1.1 hours and almost 1500 meter deep! They do so in order to feed on cephalopods and fish. 

We can usually see them in groups of 3 to 7 individuals.  

Possible marine predators: Orcas and sharks although the main threat remains the direct capture by fishing gear, collision with boats and ingestion of plastic. 

They do not seem to appreciate boats and this makes their study difficult.