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Australian Dolphins, Orca, Pilot Whale



FAMILY : Dolphins, Pilot Whales, Killer Whales

Short-beaked Common Dolphin
(Delphinus delphis)
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
The Short-beaked Common Dolphin is black or dark brown with white or cream underside. The flippers are the same color as the back (black or dark brown). There is a pale marking along the side that separates the dark back from white underside. This... Click to continue>
Long-finned Pilot Whale
(Globicephala melas)
Long-finned Pilot Whale
The Long-finned pilot whale is black with a white belly. The body is robust and cylindrical in shape, tapering towards the long tail. The head is rounded. The dorsal fin is low with long base and positioned well forward on the body. The flippers are... Click to continue>
Short-finned Pilot Whale
(Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Short-finned Pilot Whale
The Short-finned Pilot Whale is black with a white patch on the chin. The white patch may extend down the belly. The head is large and rounded with no beak. They have seven to nine teeth on each side of upper and lower jaw. The flippers are shorter... Click to continue>
Killer Whale
(Orcinus orca)
Killer Whale
The Killer Whale is the largest member of the dolphin family. It ids mostly black above and white underneath. The back and pectoral flippers are black, except for the gray saddle area located just behind the dorsal fin. The underside is mostly... Click to continue>
False Killer Whale
(Pseudorca crassidens)
False Killer Whale
The False Killer Whale is a large black or dark gray dolphin with pale gray underside. The body is long with a narrow dorsal fin with rounded tip, and long pointed flippers. The snout is bulbous. There is a pale ring around the eye. It has similar... Click to continue>
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
(Stenella attenuata)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin is gray and develops spots on the skin as it grows older. The back is gray with pale spots, and the belly is pale with dark spots. The snout is white and it has a fatty bump on its forehead. Males are larger than... Click to continue>
Spinner Dolphin
(Stenella longirostris)
Spinner Dolphin
The Spinner Dolphin gets its name from its habit of leaping out of the water, twirling and landing with noisy splash. The back is dark grey and belly is white. On each side there is a paler gray side panel. Click to continue>
Striped Dolphin
(Stenella coeruleoalba)
Striped Dolphin
Striped dolphins are bluish-gray in color with a dark back and whitish underside. They have a dark blue-black stripe running across the entire length of the body, from the eye to the anus. Striped Dolphins are often seen leaping out of the water and... Click to continue>
Bottlenose Dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus)
Bottlenose Dolphin
The Bottlenose Dolphin has a short rounded bottle-shaped snout. The large dorsal fin is slightly hooked and set half way along the body. Overall the body colour is a series of grey tones with an indistinct paler grey wash on the flanks. The belly is... Click to continue>


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