Category: Aquatic Mammals

Humpback Dolphin

Humpback dolphins are members of the genus, Sousa. As its name suggests, the most distinguishable characteristic of the Humpback dolphin is its humps on the back of adult members of this particular species. It is also known for its elongated dorsal fins. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of dispute about this sea creature so

Spinner Dolphin

The Spinner Dolphin is found in tropical waters around the world. This small dolphin is known for its amazing acrobatic displays. It is also sometimes called the Long-snouted Dolphin especially in order scientific texts to differentiate it from the Clymene dolphin which is also known as the Short-snouted Spinner Dolphin. Twist, Tail, and Spin In


Also known as mereswine, Porpoises are related to dolphins and whales. They belong to the family of small cetaceans, also known as Phocoenidae. They were first scientifically described by John Edward Gray in 1825. Their name is derived from the Medieval Latin words, pig and fish. Touching a Porpoise They are quite distinct from dolphins

Striped Dolphin

The Striped Dolphin can be found in the tropical and temperate waters of all of the oceans in the world. This dolphin species was first discovered in 1833 by Meyen. Its Latin name refers to the colours of its flanks, which are dark blue and white. Striped Dolphins can be found worldwide It is similar

Clymene dolphin

Clymene dolphins are living animals that are enjoyable to watch as they are tremendously energetic and are able to complete swift movements in and out of the water. Like all if not most dolphins, these amazing movements include jumps and longitudinal spins, and they are also well loved as they are very inquisitive and often

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Stenella frontalis, or commonly known as the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is a group of marine mammals that are outstanding in their communication, applying many types of earsplitting clicks and shrills to be in touch with each other when traveling in groups of about 50 individuals, which typically possess a hierarchy organization based on age, gender

Hawksbill Turtle

The hawksbill turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle that can be found all over the world. It even has several subspecies belonging to the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This turtle's head looks a bit like a hawks As it is a turtle, it looks just like any other marine turtle. It has a

Sei Whale

The sei whale is the 3rd largest baleen whale after the fin whale and the blue whale. It inhabits most of the world’s oceans and its adjoining seas, but prefers to stay in deep, offshore waters. It will avoid tropical, polar, and semi-enclosed bodies of water. They migrate annually from the cool and subpolar waters

Australian Sea Lion

The Australian Sea Lion is the only sea lion species that breeds only in the west and southern coasts of Australia. It is an endangered species, with only 10,000 individuals left after the introduction of the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act of 1972. This Act prohibited harvesting the sea lions which began as soon

Minke Whale

Minke Whale is the smallest of baleen whales. This species is widespread all around the world, ranging from the polar waters to the tropical seas. What made this animal rather famous, was probably the TV show “Whale Wars”, where environmental activists fought against Japanese whale hunters. It should, however, be noted that Minke Whales are

European Water Vole

The European Water Vole is a small, semi-aquatic mammal that lives in all parts of Europe, except for Greece, Ireland and Iberia. Despite its name, the Water Vole can inhabit territories not near water – forests, meadows and gardens, and many of these animals actually spend all their lives on dry land. It should, however,

Giant Beaked Whale

Although there are two distinct species of large beaked whales, they are termed collectively as just Giant Beaked Whales as they are quite similar to each other. These two species are: Berardius arnuxii – Arnoux’s Beaked Whale, also known as the Southern Four-toothed Whale, Southern Beaked Whale, New Zealand Beaked Whale, Southern Giant Bottlenose Whale,

Curvier’s Beaked Whale

The most widely distributed out of all of the beaked whales in the world is Curvier’s Beaked Whale. It is the only member of its genus and is also commonly known as the Goose-beaked Whale because its head looks like a goose’s beak. It is so perculiar, that during the Middle Ages, it was thought

Tropical Bottlenose Whale

Once considered the world’s rarest cetacean, the Tropical Bottlenose Whale, also known as Longman’s Beaked Whale or the Indo-Pacific Beaked Whale, has a long history full of being misidentified as other types of whales. Fortunately now, most of these issues have been resolved. Drawing of this rare whale The reason why is has been misidentified

Bottlenose Whale

Looking similar to a dolphin, the bottlenose whale has 2 different types of whale species. These 2 different whale species are the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) and the southern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon planifrons). These two are the only members of the Hyperoodon genus. Although these two species of bottlenose whales are physically similar, their