Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture

Hubbs' Beaked Whale
(Mesoplodon carlhubbsi)

Habitat
Temperate waters of the North Pacific

Range
Along the west coast of North America between Prince Rupert, British Columbia south to San Diego, California; also seen off Honshu, Japan

Eats
Mesopelagic squid, octopus, and deep sea fish

Behavior
Very little is known about their behavior. There has been only one sighting of a live animal off the coast of California; they were identified through the study of 31 stranded animals. Scarring on males is probably the result of competition for females during the breeding season.

Reproduction
Calving takes place mainly in summer.

Threats
Entrapment in drift gillnets, water pollution

Status
Nothing is known about the abundance of Hubbs' Beaked Whales. The species is not known to have been, or to be, of interest to commercial fisheries.

Notes
Two prominent triangular teeth erupt from the rear of their lower jaw, but remain concealed in females.



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