Animal Weight

How much does a Blainville’s beaked whale weight?

It is hard to guess what a Blainville’s beaked whale weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) on average weights 2300 kg (5070.63 lbs).

The Blainville’s beaked whale is from the family Ziphiidae (genus: Mesoplodon). They can live for up to 27 years. When reaching adult age, they grow up to 4.59 meter (15′ 1″).

As a reference: An average human weights in at 62 kg (137 lbs) and reaches an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). Humans spend 280 days (40 weeks) in the womb of their mother and reach around 75 years of age.

The average adult weight of a Blainville's beaked whale is 2300 kg (5070.63 lbs)

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), or the dense-beaked whale, is the widest ranging mesoplodont whale and perhaps the most documented. The French zoologist Henri de Blainville first described the species in 1817 from a small piece of jaw — the heaviest bone he had ever come across — which resulted in the name densirostris (Latin for “dense beak”). Off the northeastern Bahamas, the animals are particularly well documented, and a photo identification project started sometime after 2002.

Animals of the same family as a Blainville’s beaked whale

We found other animals of the Ziphiidae family:

Animals with the same weight as a Blainville’s beaked whale

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Mesoplodon densirostris:

Animals with the same size as a Blainville’s beaked whale

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Blainville’s beaked whale:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Blainville’s beaked whale

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Blainville’s beaked whale: