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Whale and dolphin species guide

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

Whale and dolphin species

All 90 species of 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.

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  • Baleen whales
  • Beaked whales
  • Beluga whale and narwhal
  • Dolphins
  • Porpoises
  • River dolphins
  • Sperm whales
Humpback whale near the surface of the water

Humpback whale

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indo-pacific beaked whale

Indo-pacific beaked whale

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphin

Long-beaked common dolphin

Long-beaked common dolphin

Long-finned pilot whale

Long-finned pilot whale

Melon-headed whale

Melon-headed whale

Narrow-ridged finless porpoise

Narrow-ridged finless porpoise

The unicorn of the sea - the narwhal

Narwhal

New Zealand dolphin

New Zealand dolphin

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Pacific right whale

North Pacific right whale

Northern bottlenose whale

Northern bottlenose whale

Common minke whale diving back into the water

Northern or Common minke whale

Northern right whale dolphin

Northern right whale dolphin

Omura’s whale

Omura’s whale

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Orca (Killer Whale)

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Humpback whale poking its head out of the water, a behavior called spyhopping
Humpback Whale Spyhop

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