Blainville's Beaked Whale

head of a solitary adult male Blainville’s beaked whale showing the high bottom jaw line and the erupted teeth.

About The Species

Blainville's beaked whales, sometimes known as the "dense-beaked whale," are little known members of the beaked whale family. They are found in tropical and temperate oceans throughout the world. Blainville's beaked whales are a deep water species, found mostly at depths of 3,300 feet.

Blainville's beaked whales, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting Blainville’s beaked whales. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

Learn more about Blainville's beaked whales


CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification