Types of Whales


Find out all you need to know about the different types of whales and their habitats.
Bulbous melon and a spindle-shaped body. Pronounced, dolphin-like beak with front teeth visible when mouth closed...
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it was later realized that this whale has the densest bones in the animal kingdom....
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Found in all oceans of the world, but is seldom seen. Mainly found along edge of the continental shelf....
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Broad flattened tail stock with slender, relatively short flippers, prominent dorsal fin with trailing edge, sometimes notched or frayed.....
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most other beaked whales and appears to be one of the most widespread and abundant of the beaked whales...
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The Dwarf Sperm Whale appears to prefer warmer waters and seems to be especially common off the southern tip of Africa and in the Gulf of California...
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The False Killer Whale is a pelagic and widespread cetacean that favours tropical and temperate waters...
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Worldwide distribution, but most common in temperate waters and in the Southern Hemisphere...
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Typically pokes white beak out of water as it surfaces to blow. Has been seen breaching at a shallow angle...
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Relatively short, pale grey or white beak. Spindle-shaped body covered in scratches and sometimes oval scars...
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Mostly found in the cold waters of all oceans but often breeds in warmer areas. Often seen off the coast of southern Africa in winter...
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The Killer Whale has a broad distribution and frequents both coastal and oceanic waters from Arctica to Antarctica...
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The largest member of the genus Mesoplodon, is a relative slender animal with a distinct forehead and a long, slender beak...
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In the Northern Hemisphere, this dolphin lives on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is only found in cold and temperate...
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It frequents the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans...
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Found virtually worldwide, but probably not continuous distribution. Generally less common in the tropics than in cooler waters...
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It lives in the temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans...
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Temperate waters of the southern hemisphere, both inshore and offshore. Most observations have been in sheltered, shallow bays, but several individuals...
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Mainly a deep-water species and is usually seen beyond the edge of the continental shelf. Appears to be relatively common off the south-eastern coast of...
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It is most common in the southern hemisphere. May be seen around islands but rarely close to shore elsewhere...
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This animal frequents all of the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans...
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Rarely found in water less than 200 metres deep. In summer, most frequently seen within about 100 km of the Antarctic ice edge, where it appears...
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The Southern Right Whale is a migratory Whale, which means that they spend one season in one place and the rest of the year in another...
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Widely distributed in deep waters worldwide, both offshore and inshore...
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There may be 2 forms of this species; the best-known one lives in the North Atlantic, the other is found in parts of the southern hemisphere...
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