Melon-Headed Whale

A group of melon-headed whales swimming in the ocean.

About The Species

Melon-headed whales are found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical areas of the world, with three stocks in the U.S.: Hawaii, Northern Gulf of Mexico, and Western North Atlantic. Not much is known about melon-headed whales.

Melon-headed whales, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

We are committed to conserving and protecting melon-headed whales. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

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CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification