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Stejneger's Beaked Whale

Mesoplodon stejnegeri

Although one of the largest of the beaked whales, Stejneger's beaked whale is also one of the most obscure, and is the least known of the beaked whales found in Canadian waters. It can attain a maximum length of approximately 5.3 metres and is found off the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Its dietary preferences are not known but it is suspected to feed upon small fish and cephalopods. Stejneger's beaked whale has no natural enemies except for the orca which has been known to prey upon a number of the smaller beaked whales.

Map of Stejneger's Beaked Whale in Canada
Distribution of Stejneger's Beaked Whale in Canada

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