PORT PHILLIP BAY


Blainville's Beaked Whale 

Mesoplodon densirostris

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Ziphiidae
Genus:
Mesoplodon
Species:
densirostris

General Description

Body pattern dark grey-brown above and paler below. Highly arched posterior lower jaw. Large triangular tusks, extending above upper jaw in males. Up to 4.7 m long.

Biology

From studies in the Bahamas, these whales are thought to form harems, groups of one adult male and several accompanying females. They have been recorded diving to depth of 1400 m and submerged for nearly an hour.

Habitat

Temperate and tropical waters, to depth of 1400 m.

Open water

Distribution guide

Worldwide. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.

Species Group

Mammals Whales and dolphins

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

4.7 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Data Deficient
  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Patullo, B., 2011, Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 28 Jun 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/8085

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