UK Cetaceans

There are 28 different species of cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoise) known to occur around coastlines of the United Kingdom.

The most common of these species being: 

  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

  • Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

  • Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

  • Minke whale  (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

  • Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

  • Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperodon ampullatus)

  • Killer whale (Orcinus orca)

  • Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas)

  • Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)

  • Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)

  • White-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)

  • Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

  • Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

  • Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Toothed vs. Baleen

Baleen whale (Mysticete)

  • 15 species worldwide

  • Baleen plates used to sieve food items

  • Double blowhole


  • Humpback whale

  • Blue whale

  • Grey whale

  • Minke whale

  • Right whale

Toothed whale (Odontocete)

  • 73 species worldwide

  • Set of conical teeth (feed on fish and squid primarily)

  • Single blowhole

  • Use echolocation to hunt


  • Bottlenose dolphin

  • Killer whale

  • Sperm whale

  • Common dolphin

  • Risso's dolphin

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