Blainville's beaked whale
By: Dagmar Fertl
Edited by: Poul Vendel
The word Mesoplodon is from the Greek mesos meaning "middle",
hopla meaning "arms" and odon meaning "tooth". These words in
combination roughly translates to "armed with a tooth in the middle of the
jaw". The Blainvilles's beaked whale gets its name from the Latin word densus
meaning "thick, dense" and rostrum meaning "beak".
Tjhis species is blue-gray on top with white scars and scratches and white on
its underside. The lower jaw is highly arched, and in adult males, a massive
flattened tusk can be seen on the top of this arch.
The Blainvilles's beaked whale's maximum known size is 4.7 m which can weigh up to 1033 kg.
Location in Africa:
The Blainvilles's beaked whale can be found on almost the entire coastline of Africa in deep
The Blainvilles's beaked whale is mostly sighted in pairs and is known to mainly feed on squid.
The Blainvilles's beaked whale has been heard to dive for over 45 minutes.
Human impacts in African waters are unknown.