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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific Name - Stenella Coeruleoalba

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

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