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Whale and dolphin species guide

There are around 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, known collectively as "cetaceans". From the enormous blue whale to the tiny vaquita and Hector's dolphin, you will find information and amazing facts about many of these incredible creatures in our species guide.

Whale and dolphin species

All whales and dolphins can be divided into two categories: baleen whales and toothed whales. Toothed whales include the sperm whale, beaked whales, dolphins, porpoises and the beluga whale and narwhal.

  • All
  • Baleen whales
  • Beaked whales
  • Beluga whale and narwhal
  • Dolphins
  • Porpoises
  • River dolphins
  • Sperm whales
Gervais' beaked whale

Gervais’ beaked whale

Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale

Gray whale

Gray whale

Gray's beaked whale

Gray’s beaked whale

Guiana dolphin

Guiana dolphin

Harbour porpoise

Harbour porpoise

Heaviside's dolphin

Heaviside’s dolphin

Hector’s beaked whale

New Zealand dolphin

Hector’s dolphin

Hourglass dolphin

Hourglass dolphin

Hubb’s beaked whale

Humpback whale

Humpback whale

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indo-pacific beaked whale

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

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