Cetaceans of the Azores  

List of the cetaceans referenced in the azorean waters.

During thousands of hours spent at sea, Espaço Talassa has witnessed the presence of 4 new species in the Azores, which do not count on the official list. They are the Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni,) the Long finned pilot whale (Globicephala melaena), the Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) and the Fraser's Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei). In 2010, we had our first record of Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis), this specie have not been seen in the Archipelago of the Azores since 1995.


Order : cetacea

Cetaceans observed by the Espaço Talassa's team since 1989
(G: Grounded, C: Captured, S: Seen)

Sub-order : Odontoceti (Flower, 1867) Click on the to access the file
Fam. : Delphinidae (Gray, 1821)     text drawing picture video file
Steno bredanensis (Lesson, 1828) Rough toothed dolphin S
Delphinus delphis (Linnaeus, 1758) Common dolphin SC
Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) Bottlenose dolphin SC
Stenella Frontalis (Cuvier, 1829) Atlantic spotted dolphin GSC
Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) Stripped dolphin GSC
Pseudorca crassidens (Owens, 1846) False killer whale GSC
Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758) Killerwhale S
Grampus griseus (Cuvier, 1812) Risso's dolphin GSC
Globicephala macrorhynchus (Gray, 1846) Short finned pilot whale GS
Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809) Long-finned pilot whale S
Lagenodelphis hosei (Fraser, 1956) Fraser's dolphin S
Fam. : Ziphiidae (Gray, 1865)     text drawing picture video file
Hyperoodon ampullatus (Forster, 1770) Northern bottlenose whale S
Zyphius cavirostris (Cuvier, 1823) Cuvier's beaked whale G
Mesoplodon bidens (Sowerby, 1804) Sowerby's beaked whale SC
Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville, 1817) Blainville's beaked whale S
Mesoplodon europaeus (Gervais, 1855) Gervais' beaked whale G
Mesoplodon mirus (True, 1993) Mesoplodon de True S
Fam. : Kogiidae (Gill, 1871)     text drawing picture video file
Kogia breviceps (De Blainville, 1838) Pygmy sperm whale GSC
Kogia simus (Owen, 1866) Draft sperm whale G
Fam. : Physeteridae (Gray, 1821)     text drawing picture video file
Physeter macrocephalus (Linnaeus, 1758) Sperm whale GSC
Sub-order : Mysticeti (Flower, 1864) Click on the to access the file
Fam. : Balaenidae (Gray, 1825)     text drawing picture video file
Eubalaena glacialis (Muller, 1776) Northern right whale SC
Fam. : Balaenopteridae (Gray, 1864)     text drawing picture video file
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Humpack GS
Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758) Blue whale S
Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) Fin whale S
Balaenoptera borealis (Lesson, 1828) Sei whale GS
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Lacépède, 1804) Minke whale G
Balaenoptera edeni (Anderson 1879) Bryde's whale S