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Facts, figures and videos

Whales and dolphins are amazing. Find out incredible facts about their lives under the sea. Which is the biggest whale? The smallest porpoise? How far do whales migrate? Which whale makes the loudest sound? Do they sleep?

A life under the sea

Facts about whales

Find out about the lives of the largest creatures living on the planet. Learn about whale migrations, the different types of whales and who has the biggest brain.

Facts about dolphins and porpoises

Dolphins and porpoises come in all different sizes. From the magnificent orca to the tiny vaquita, dive into their world and learn more.


Facts about orcas

Find out some amazing facts about orcas, the largest member of the dolphin family. There incredible creatures have evolved to inhabit every ocean, from the poles to the tropics.


Which whale is the heaviest? Which one dives the deepest? The longest migration? Whales and dolphins hold some amazing records. Dive in and find out more and these incredible creatures.

Your favorite questions about whales and dolphins...

Baleen Whale anatomy

How did whales evolve?

Bottlenose dolphins leaping

How are dolphins different from fish?

Humpback whale head

Do whales and dolphins have hair?

Do whales and dolphins have families?

Do whales and dolphins grieve for their dead?

Record breakers

Longest baleen
belongs to a bowhead whale
Loudest sound
made by a sperm whale
Fastest baleen whale
achieved by a fin whale
Deepest dive
by a Cuvier's beaked whale
The longest tooth
belongs to a narwhal
Longest migration
made by a gray whale

Videos from the wild

A selection of our favourite videos from the WDC archives. You can watch more on our YouTube channel.

False killer whales

Risso’s dolphins

Spotted dolphins

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Humpback whale spyhop


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Bottlenose dolphin calf breaching with its whole body out of the water


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Breaching North Atlantic right whale


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