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Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Bowhead Whale
The Bowhead is a large rotund whale with similar appearance to the Right Whale. The jaw line is extremely arched giving it the common name of "bowhead". The body is mainly black with lower jaw and chin marked with white. Sometimes there is a white... Read more >
Northern Minke Whale
(Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
Northern Minke Whale
The Minke Whale is a small rorqual with a pointed head and relatively small rostrum (snout). The body is dark with paler grey on the lower flanks and underside. There are usually pale chevron markings behind the head. The flipper has a white band... Read more >
Sei Whale
(Balaenoptera borealis)
Sei Whale
Sei whales are dark gray with irregular white markings across the back. The body is relatively slender with short pectoral fins and sickle shaped dorsal fin. The snout is pointed. On the underside of throat and chest is 38-56 grooves. The upper part... Read more >
Bryde's Whale
(Balaenoptera edeni)
Bryde's Whale
Bryde's Whale is dark gray with a yellowish white underside. It is the second smallest rorqual (after the Northern Minke Whale). It has three parallel ridges in the area between the blowholes and the tip of the head. The dorsal fin is sickle shaped... Read more >
Blue Whale
(Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue Whale
Blue whales are grayish blue mottled with lighter spots. The underside often is yellowish, due to growth of microorganisms, giving the belly a yellowish tinge. The back and sides are usually mottled with patterns that can be used for individual... Read more >
Fin Whale
(Balaenoptera physalus)
Fin Whale
The Fin Whale is a streamlined rorqual with similar body shape to the Blue Whale. It is the second largest rorqual after the Blue Whale. The body is brownish grey above and white below. The lower jaw is white on the right side and dark on the left.... Read more >
North Atlantic Right Whale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
North Atlantic Right Whale
The North Atlantic Right Whale is dark colored with a large rotund body and no dorsal fin. It has prominent callosities on the rostrum (snout), near blowholes, near eyes, and on the chin and lower lip. Callosities are raised rough patches of skin... Read more >
North Pacific Right Whale
(Eubalaena japonica)
North Pacific Right Whale
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Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)
Humpback Whale
The Humpback Whale has a dark grey or black body, with white markings on its underside. The black and white markings are unique and can be used to identify individual animals. They have long pectoral fins with bumps on the leading edges. It has... Read more >
Beluga
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Beluga
The Beluga is the only species of whale that is completely white. Calves are born gray and become whiter with age. They have no dorsal fin, but have a low ridge along their back. The flippers are short. The head is rounded. Read more >
Narwhal
(Monodon monocerus)
Narwhal
Adult Narwhals are brown or dark gray above with whitish underside. The body has mottled pattern of spots. The head is small with blunt snout. The flippers are short and rounded and there is no dorsal fin. Narwhals have two teeth in the upper jaw.... Read more >
Gray Whale
(Eschrichtius robustus)
Gray Whale
The Gray Whale is dark gray in color. Scattered patches of barnacles and orange whale lice grow on the skin. These parasites leave greyish white scar marks when they drop off. It has two to five shallow furrows on the underside of the throat. The... Read more >
Northern Bottlenosed Whale
(Hyperoodon ampullatus)
Northern Bottlenosed Whale
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Pygmy Sperm Whale
(Kogia breviceps)
Pygmy Sperm Whale
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Sperm Whale
(Physeter catodon)
Sperm Whale
The Sperm Whale is a toothed whale with a huge box-shaped head. The head is about a third of the total body length, and contains the largest brain of any mammal - the brain weighs in at about 9kg. Sperm Whales can dive to extraordinary depths of up... Read more >
West Indian Manatee
(Trichechus manatus)
West Indian Manatee
Adult Manatees are grey or brown. The newborn calves are darker, becoming lighter after about one month. They have seal-shaped body with very little body hair. They never leave the water, Read more >