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Under the Sea


The four families of baleen whales (mysticeti) are Eschrichtiidae, Balaenidae, Neobalaenidae and Balaenoptidae.

Gray whales: Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus)

Rorqual whales: Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Bryde's Whale (Balaenoptera edeni), Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Right whales:  Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), Northern Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis), Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis), Pygmy Right Whale (Caperea marginata)

Then, there are the toothed whales (odontoceti). In fact, this group consists of nine families including some dolphins and porpoises: Physeteridae, Kogiidae, Monodontidae, Ziphiidae, Delphinidae, Pontoporiidae, Platanistidae, Iniidae, and Phocoenidae.

Sperm whales: Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus), Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps), Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia simus)

White whales: Narwhal (Monodon monocerus), Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas), Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)

Beaked whales:  Andrew's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bowdoini), Arnoux's Beaked Whale (Beradius arnuxii), Baird's Beaked Whale (Beradius bairdii), Bahamonde's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bahamondi), Blainville's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris), Gervais' Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon europaeus), Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens), Gray's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon grayi), Hector's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon hectori), Hubb's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon carlhubbsi), Lesser Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon peruvianus), Longman's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon pacificus), Northern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), Shepherd's Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus sherpherdi), Southern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon planifrons), Sowerby's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bidens), Stejneger's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon stejnegeri), Straptoothed Whale (Mesoplodon layardii), True's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon mirus), unidentified Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon 'species A')

Pilot & Killer Whales (Blackfish): Orca (Killer Whale) (Orcinus orca), False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens), Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata), Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra), Long-Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas), Short-Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)

There are many species of whales that are still unknown to our world today. Fortunately, over the years, the whale watching industry has boomed - many countries now find it more profitable than whaling. All over the world whale watching opportunities are popping up, and it is now high on the list of holiday activities. Scientists have high hopes of finding those that are missing from the picture. Hopefully the unknown species can be found and the "big picture" can be completed.