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Australian Wildlife

Australian Whales, Dugong



FAMILY : Right Whale

Southern Right Whale
(Eubalaena australis)
Southern Right Whale
The Southern Right Whale is mostly black and may have white belly patches. It has short wide flippers and no dorsal fin. The body is large and rounded and mouth is highly arched when viewed from side. There are also horny growths (called... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Rorquals

Blue Whale
(Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue Whale
Blue whales are grayish blue mottled with lighter spots. The underside often is yellowish, due to growth of microorganisms, giving the belly a yellowish tinge. The back and sides are usually mottled with patterns that can be used for individual... Click to continue>
Bryde's Whale
(Balaenoptera edeni)
Bryde's Whale
Bryde's Whale is dark gray with a yellowish white underside. It is the second smallest rorqual (after the Northern Minke Whale). It has three parallel ridges in the area between the blowholes and the tip of the head. The dorsal fin is sickle shaped... Click to continue>
Dwarf Minke Whale
(Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
Dwarf Minke Whale
The Dwarf Minke Whale has dark band on the neck, between the end of the mouth and the flipper, which extends down each side of the throat. These dark throat patches are seen clearly when the whale rolls to show the underside of the body. The... Click to continue>
Fin Whale
(Balaenoptera physalus)
Fin Whale
The Fin Whale is a streamlined rorqual with similar body shape to the Blue Whale. It is the second largest rorqual after the Blue Whale. The body is brownish grey above and white below. The lower jaw is white on the right side and dark on the left.... Click to continue>
Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)
Humpback Whale
The Humpback Whale has a dark grey or black body, with white markings on its underside. The black and white markings are unique and can be used to identify individual animals. They have long pectoral fins with bumps on the leading edges. It has... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Sperm Whales

Sperm Whale
(Physeter catodon)
Sperm Whale
The Sperm Whale is a toothed whale with a huge box-shaped head. The head is about a third of the total body length, and contains the largest brain of any mammal - the brain weighs in at about 9kg. Sperm Whales can dive to extraordinary depths of up... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Dugongs

Dugong
(Dugong Dugon)
Dugong
The Dugong looks a bit like a blunt nosed whale. It has no hind legs and swims with horizontal tail fluke. The body is grey. The only hair is some bristles near the mouth. Click to continue>


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