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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.

All
  • All
  • Baleen whales
  • Beaked whales
  • Beluga whale and narwhal
  • Dolphins
  • Porpoises
  • River dolphins
  • Sperm whales
Pacific white-sided dolphin

Pacific white-sided dolphin

Pantropical spotted dolphin

Pantropical spotted dolphin

Peale's dolphin

Peale’s dolphin

Perrin’s beaked whale

Perrin’s beaked whale

Pygmy beaked whale

Pygmy beaked whale

Pygmy killer whale

Pygmy killer whale

Pygmy right whale

Pygmy right whale

Pygmy sperm whale

Pygmy sperm whale

Risso's dolphin

Risso’s dolphin

Rough-toothed dolphin

Rough-toothed dolphin

Sei whale

Sei whale

Shepherd's beaked whale

Shepherd’s beaked whale

Short-beaked common dolphin

Short-beaked common dolphin

Short-finned pilot whale

Short-finned pilot whale

South Asian river dolphin

South Asian river dolphin

Southern bottlenose whale

Southern bottlenose whale

Southern right whale

Southern right whale

Southern right whale dolphin

Southern right whale dolphin

Sowerby's beaked whale

Sowerby’s beaked whale

Spectacled porpoise

Spectacled porpoise

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