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Whale and dolphin species guide

Find out more about whales and dolphins

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.

All species

Hubb’s beaked whale

Hubb’s beaked whale

Humpback whale

Humpback whale

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indo-Pacific beaked whale

Indo-Pacific beaked whale

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphin

Long-beaked common dolphin

Long-beaked common dolphin

Long-finned pilot whale

Long-finned pilot whale

Melon-headed whale

Melon-headed whale

Narrow-ridged finless porpoise

Narrow-ridged finless porpoise

Narwhal

Narwhal

New Zealand dolphin

New Zealand dolphin

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Pacific right whale

North Pacific right whale

Northern bottlenose whale

Northern bottlenose whale

Northern right whale dolphin

Northern right whale dolphin

Omura’s whale

Omura’s whale

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Orca (Killer Whale)

The New Zealand dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the world at just 1.3m long.

New Zealand dolphin
Blue whale

By comparison, the blue whale can grow to over 30 metres, the largest creature ever to have lived.

Sperm whales have the largest brain and make the loudest sound of any whale.

Sperm whale
Gray whale

The longest migration is undertaken by gray whales across the Pacific Ocean.

Amazing facts about whales and dolphins

Dive deeper into the world of whales and dolphins and learn more about their lives.

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Facts about whales

Amazing facts about whales, the largest mammals to live on Earth.

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Facts about dolphins

From the orca to the tiny vaquita, learn more about these creatures.

Adopt an orca Fife

Record breakers

Whales and dolphins hold some incredible records.

Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Brain power

Just how intelligent are whales and dolphins?

Please help us save whales and dolphins

By adopting a whale or dolphin, by making a donation, or by fundraising for WDC, you can help us provide a safe future for these amazing creatures.

Bottlenose dolphin at surface

Adopt

Adopt a dolphin and help us protect these amazing creatures.

Humpback whale

Donate

Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

Orca spyhop

Fundraise

Run, bake, walk, cycle… what could you do for whales and dolphins?