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Hubb’s Beaked Whale Mesoplodon carlhubbsi

The North Pacific Ocean has its own endemic beaked whale – Hubb’s beaked whale. It is a relative new comer as a species being identified in 1945 and named in 1963 to honour Carl Hubbs of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This denizen of the deep is slate gray with many scarring marks. It ranges from Japan to British Columbia south to southern California (Reeves et al. 2002). The prey of this whale is squid and fish. Precious little else is known about this species; Houston (1990) states that it is known from a few stranded specimens and one possible live sighting.


Hubb’s Beaked Whale Distribution Map

Hubb’s Beaked Whale Distribution Map





Connor, R.C., J. Mann, P. L. Tyack and H. Whitehead. 1998. Social evolution in toothed whales. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13: 228-232.


Houston J. 1990. Status of Hubbs' beaked whale, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, in Canada. Canadian Field Naturalist 104: 121-124.

Reeves, R. R., B. Stewart, P. Clapham and J. Powell. 2002. Guide to marine mammals of the world. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.


Wilson, D. and S. Ruff. 1999. Smithsonian book of North American mammals. UBC Press, Vancouver.


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