There are around 20 different species of beaked whales in the world’s oceans. This toothed whale’s main distinguishing feature is that of a ‘beak’, like that of most dolphin species. Beaked whales are highly talented for diving great depths and can remain submerged for extended periods—20 to 30 minutes is routine, and 85 minute dives are reported. Beaked whales range from 13- 43 feet or 4 to 13m in length and can weigh from one to 15 tons. Although the diet of beaked whales varies within species, squid common to the Monterey Bay are the staple of their overall diet. These animals are rarely captured or studied in great depth. Most of what we’ve learned comes from the few found stranded on land.