Hawaiian Island Cetaceans

 

Approximately 20 different species of cetaceans can be found in the Hawaiian waters. Here are a few of these amazing whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Fin Whale

The Fin Whale is rarely seen in Hawaii but has been sighted off the Northwestern and Main Hawaiian Islands....

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Sperm Whale

Hawaii was a center point of a major nineteenth century commercial Sperm Whale operation. Today, Sperm Whales can be found throughout the year in the deep waters....

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Humpback Whale

Although the Humpback Whale only spends a few months each year in Hawaii, they are one of the most well-known whales in the Islands.....

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Fin Whale

Scientific Name - Balaenoptera physalus

Average Length - Male: 20m, Female: 21m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Sperm Whale

Scientific Name - Physeter macrocephalus

Average Length - Male: 17m, Female: 12m

Humpback Whale

Scientific Name - Megaptera novaeangliae

Average Length - Male: 14m, Female: 15m

Killer Whale

Killer Whales are a species of dolphin that is well known from productive waters found in temperate climates.....

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Cuvier's Beaked Whale

Cuvier’s beaked whales are believed to number close to 2000 animals in Hawaiian waters with both insular and offshore, pelagic populations.....

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Blainsville's Beaked Whale

Blainville’s beaked whales are estimated at 2300 individuals in Hawaiian waters and it is thought that there are both insular (near shore) and offshore, pelagic populations in Hawaii.....

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Killer Whale

Scientific Name - Orcinus orca

Average Length - Male: 8m, Female: 6.5

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

Scientific Name - Ziphius cavirostris

Average Length - Male: 7m, Female: 7.5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Blainville’s Beaked Whale

Scientific Name - Mesoplodon densirostis

Average Length - Male: 4.4m, Female: 4.6m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

False Killer Whale

The False Killer Whale is also known as the Pseudorca. They are the least abundant of the toothed whale/dolphin species found in Hawaiian waters....

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Pygmy Killer Whale

Pygmy Killer whales have been sighted off of Oahu, Ni’ihau, and Lanai. The Hawaiian stock is estimated at 3,433. Past strandings in the Hawaiian islands suggest that pygmy killer whales....

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Dwarf Sperm Whale

A small resident population of Dwarf Sperm Whales is recognized in Hawaiian waters. Dwarf Sperm whales have been sighted near Ni’ihau, Kaua’ i, Oahu, Lana’i and the Big Island....

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False Killer Whale

Scientific Name - Pseudorca crassidens

Average Length - Male: 6m, Female: 5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Pygmy Killer Whale

Scientific Name - Feresa attenuate

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Dwarf Sperm Whale

Scientific Name - Kogia sima

Average Length - 2.7m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Pygmy Sperm Whale

To the untrained eye, the Pygmy Sperm Whale is often confused with their closest relative the Dwarf Sperm Whale...

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Short Fin Pilor Whale

Short-finned pilot whales are commonly observed around the Main Hawaiian Islands, as well as around the northwestern Hawaiian islands...

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Melon-headed Whale

Little is known about the Melon-headed Whale. Most information collected is from Hawaiian waters where there are approximately 5000 residents...

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Pygmy Sperm Whale

Scientific Name - Kogia breviceps

Average Length - 3.5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Short-finned Pilot Whale

Scientific Name - Globicephala macrorhynchus

Average Length - Male: 7m, Female: 5.1m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Melon-headed Whale

Scientific Name - Peponocephala electra

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.7m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Risso's Dolphin

Despite Risso’s dolphins having an estimated abundance of slightly more than 7000 individuals in Hawaii...

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Common Bottlenose Dolphin

The Common Bottlenose dolphin is the most commonly recognized dolphin as this species is found in aquariums and oceanariums worldwide...

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Fraser's Dolphin

Fraser’s Dolphins were first spotted in Hawaiian waters in a 2002 survey. The estimated stock in Hawaiian waters is slightly greater than 15,000 individuals...

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Risso’s Dolphin

Scientific Name - Grampus Griseus

Average Length - Male: 3.8m, Female: 3.5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Scientific Name - Tursiops truncatus

Average Length - Male: 4m, Female: 3.5m

Fraser’s Dolphin

Scientific Name - Lagenodelophis hoseii

Average Length - Male: 2.7m, Female: 2.6m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Despite Risso’s dolphins having an estimated abundance of slightly more than 7000 individuals in Hawaii...

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Gary's Spinner Dolphin

The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin is also called the Gray’s or pantropical Spinner Dolphin...

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Rough-toughed Dolphin

Rough-toothed dolphins are commonly observed around all of the main Hawaiian islands...

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Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Scientific Name - Stenella attenuata

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.4m

Gray’s Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

Scientific Name - Stenella longirostris

Average Length - Male: 2.1m, Female: 2m

Rough-toothed Dolphin

Scientific Name - Steno bredanensis

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.5m

Photo Credit: © Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Striped Dolphin

Striped dolphin sightings are relatively infrequent but this is a commonly stranded species in the Hawaiian islands...

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Striped Dolphin

Scientific Name - Stenella Coeruleoalba

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.4m

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