Category: Aquatic Mammals

Irrawaddy Dolphin

A euryhaline species of Oceanic dolphin is the Irrawaddy dolphin. It is found in several discontinuous sub-populations in estuaries, rivers, and near sea coasts of the Bay of Bengal and other areas in South-East Asia. It was first scientifically described in 1866 by Sir Richard Owen based on a specimen that was discovered in the

Hector’s dolphin

One of the Top 10 Most Endangered Species of Cetaceans is Hector’s dolphin. In fact, it is the world’s number 6 most endangered species and faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild. This animal was named after Sir James Hector who was the curator of Wellington’s Colonial Museum, which is now known

Vaquita

One of the most rare species of porpoise is the vaquita. It is also known as the Cochito, Gulf of California Porpoise, Gulf of California Harbor Porpoise, Gulf Porpoise, Marsouin du Golf de Californie, and the Hafenscheinswal. The word vaquita itself is Spanish for “little cow". As its other names suggest, it is endemic to

Dall’s Porpoise

Also known as the spray porpoise, Dall’s porpoises are the fastest of all of the porpoises. They were named after an American Naturalist, W. H. Dall, who was the first person to identify the species. However, it was actually scientifically described by True in 1855. They are found in the North Pacific and the South

Harbor Porpoise

The harbor porpoise is one of the smallest cetaceans worldwide. It was first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. It is a shy creature which avoids vessels. It is one of 6 species of porpoise. Peek-a-boo! Harbor porpoises have an average length of 1.5 to 1.6 metres long. They weigh about 45 to 60

Northern Right Whale Dolphin

The Northern Right Whale Dolphin is a small, slender aquatic mammal that is found in the Pacific Ocean. It was first described scientifically by Titian Peale in 1848. This animal travels in pods of up to 2000 individuals with other cetaceans within the deep oceans of the Pacific. It is one of 2 Right Whale

Pantropical spotted dolphin

A species of dolphin that is found throughout the tropical and temperate oceans all over the world is the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin. This species was unfortunately under threat due to commercial fisheries, but due to conservation efforts, their population has successfully bounced back and is now one of the most abundant dolphin species worldwide. They

Common bottlenose dolphin

The Common Bottlenose Dolphins which is also known as Tursiops truncates are normally found in warm and temperate seas worldwide (it is named bottlenose due to the animal having a short rounded snout or ‘beak’ that looks like a bottle). It is actually similar to small whales and falls under the category group known as

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins which is also known as Tursiops aduncus and it nearly resembles the Tursiops truncates but its body is more robust, moderately long beak, falcate dorsal fin, develops ventral spotting when it grows older, and smaller compare to the Common Bottlenose Dolphins. An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin jumping These dolphins are normally found

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

The Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, which are also known as Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, are a very active species that is normally found in the cool or temperate waters of the North Pacific Ocean. It is actually similar to the Dusky Dolphin which is common in the southern Pacific Ocean. These types of dolphins are also often used

Maui’s dolphin

The world’s smallest dolphin is Maui’s dolphin. They are actually a sub-species of Hector’s dolphin. They are only found throughout the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. They are amongst New Zealand’s rarest species. As of 2008, unfortunately only less than 110 of these Maui’s dolphins remain due to the large amount of fishing

Southern right whale dolphin

The southern right whale dolphin is a an underwater mammal that can be found in the cool waters of the southern hemisphere. This animal was first published in 1804 by Bernard Germain de Lacepede. Other names for this creature include the Right Whale Dolphin. 2 southern right whale dolphins One of the distinguishing characteristics between

Bottlenose dolphin

Belonging to the genus Tursiops, Bottlenose dolphins are the most common and most famous members of the family, Delphinidae (oceanic dolphins). They live in warm and temperate seas worldwide. There are a few member species of the genus Tursiops. Bottlenose dolphin with its young Molecular genetics has provided insight into the genus Tursiops. There is

Atlantic Humpback Dolphin

The Altantic humpback dolphin were first scientifically described by Kukenthal in 1892. They belong to the humpback dolphin family, and are members of the genus Sousa. This dolphin is found on the west coast of Africa Atlantic humpback dolphins can be as long as 2.5 metres. They weigh approximately 150 kg. They are pale grey

Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

Also known as the Chinese White Dolphin, the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin was first scientifically described by Osbeck in 1765. This dolphin is also called the freckled dolphin, speckled dolphin, and the Indian humpback dolphin. Getting friendly with humans at Underwater World, Singapore Habitat This animal is actually an uncommon resident of the Indian and Pacific