Below is a list of some of the many whales and dolphins which are known to visit our seas. Not all of them play in shallow water however. Many of the bigger ones prefer to remain at the edges of deepwater trenches and are rarely seen close inshore, though they may be viewed by those at sea. Keep your eyes open for these rare offshore sightings!

MYSTICETI

BALEEN WHALES

BALAENIDAE

RIGHT WHALES
Balaena glacialis
Great Right Whale
B. mysticetus
Bowhead Whale
Caperea marginata
Pygmy Right Whale
ESCHRICHTIDAE

 
Eschrichtius robustus

Grey Whale

BALAENOPTERIDAE

RORQUAL WHALES
Balaenoptera physalus
Fin Whale
B. musculus
Blue Whale
B. acutorostrata
Piked Whale, Minke Whale
B. borealis
Sei Whale
B. edeni
Tropical Whale, (Bryde's W.)
Megaptera novaeangliae
Humpback Whale

ODONTOCETI

TOOTHED WHALES

ZIPHIIDAE

BEAKED WHALES
Tasmacetus shepherdi
Tasman Whale (Shepherd's W.)
Berardius bairdii
Northern Fourtooth Whale
Berardius arnuxii
Southern Fourtooth Whale
Ziphius cavirostris
Goosebeak Whale (Cuvier's W.)
Hyperoodon ampullatus
Northern Bottlenose Whale
H. planifrons
Southern Bottlenose Whale
Indopacetus pacificus
Indopacific Beaked Whale
Mesoplodon hectori
Skew Beaked Whale
M. mirus
Wonderful Beaked Whale
M. europaeus
Gulf Stream Beaked Whale
M. carlhubbsi
Arch Beaked Whale
M. ginkgodens
Japanese Beaked Whale
M. grayi
Scamperdown Beaked Whale
M. stejnegri
Bering Sea Beaked Whale
M. bowdoini
Splaytooth Beaked Whale
M. densirostris
Dense Beaked Whale
M. bidens
North Sea Beaked Whale
M. layardii
Straptooth Beaked Whale

PLATANISTIDAE

RIVER DOLPHINS
Platanista gangetica
Ganges River Dolphin (Susu)
P. minor
Indus River Dolphin (Indus Susu)
Lipotes vexillifer
Yangtse River Dolphin (Bai ji)
Inia geoffrensis
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia)
Pontoporia blainvillei
La Plata River Dolphin (Fransiscana)

MONODONTIDAE


Monodon monoceros
Unicorn Whale (Narwhal)
Delphinapterus leucas
White Whale (Beluga)

PHYSETERIDAE

SPERM WHALES
Physeter macrocephalus
Great Sperm Whale
Kogia breviceps
Pygmy Sperm Whale
K. simus
Dwarf Sperm Whale

STENIDAE

COASTAL DOLPHINS
Steno bradanensis
Roughttooth Dolphin
Sousa chinensis
Indopacific Humpback Dolphin
(Chinese White Dolphin)

S. teuszil
Atlantic Humpback Dolphin
(Cameroon Dolphin)
Sotalia fluviatilis
Estuarine Dolphin (Tucuxi)

PHOCOENIDAE

PORPOISES
Phocoena phocoena
Common Porpoise (Harbour P.)
P. spinipinnis
Black Porpoise
P. dioptrica
Spectacled Porpoise
P. sinus
Gulf Porpoise (Cochito)
Neophocaena phocaenoides
Finless Porpoise
Phocoenoides dalli
Spray Porpoise (Dall's P.)

GLOBICEPHALIDAE

KILLER and PILOT WHALES
Globicephala melaena
Longfin Pilot Whale
G. macrorhynchus
Shortfin Pilot Whale
Orcinus orca
Great Killer Whale (Orca)
Pseudorca crassidens
False Killer Whale
Feresa attenuata
Pygmy Killer Whale
Peponocephala electra
Melonhead Whale - Mozambique only

DELPHINIDAE


Lagenorhynchus albirostris
Whitebeak Dolphin
L. acutus
Atlantic Whiteside Dolphin
L. obliquidens
Pacific Whiteside Dolphin
L. obscurus
Dusky Dolphin
L. cruciger
Hourglass Dolphin
L. australis
Blackchin Dolphin
Lagenodelphis hosei
Shortsnout Dolphin
Lissodelphis peronii
Southern Rightwhale Dolphin
L. borealis
Northern Rightwhale Dolphin
Cephallorhynchus commersonii
Piebald Dolphin (Commerson's D.)
C. eutropia
Chilean Dolphin (Black D.)
C. heavisidii
Benguela Dolphin
C. hectori
New Zealand Dolphin
Grampus griseus
Grey Dolphin (Risso's D.)
Orcaella brevirostris
Snubfin Dolphin
Stenella longirostris
Spinner Dolphin
S. clymene
Helmet Dolphin
S. coeruloalba
Striped Dolphin
S. attenuata
Bridled Dolphin (Cuvier's D.)
S. plagiodon
Spotted Dolphin
Delphinus delphis
Common Dolphin
Tursiops truncatus
Bottlenose Dolphin