Cetaceans of the Azores

The Azores archipelago is a hotspot for whale and dolphin watching. In this area we can see at least 27 cetacean species. What are cetaceans? Cetaceans are whales, dolphins and porpoises. In the Azores we classify cetaceans as being either resident (sighted year-round), seasonal (staying around the Azores during a specific time of the year), migratory (passing through the Azores on their way to another location) and rare (sporadic visitors which can appear anytime). Following is a list of cetaceans that can be sighted in the Azores. More information and images can be seen by following the links associated with each species.

 
RESIDENT SPECIES OF THE AZORES

Physeter macrocephalus | Sperm whale
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Tursiops truncatus | Bottlenose dolphin


Delphinus delphis | Common dolphin


Grampus griseus | Rissos dolphin



BALEEN WHALES, THE GREAT OCEAN VOYAGUERS

Balaenoptera musculus | Blue whale


Balaenoptera physalus | Fin whale


Balaenoptera borealis | Sei whale


Balaenoptera acutorostrata | Minke whale


Megaptera novaeangliae | Humpback whale


SEASONAL SPECIES WHO PREFER WARM WATERS

Stenella frontalis | Atlantic spotted dolphin


Stenella coeruleoalba | Striped dolphin


Globicephala spp. | Pilot whale spp. (short and long finned)


Balaenoptera edeni | Bryde's whale


BEAKED WHALES, THE SHY ONES OF THE DEEP

Hyperoodon ampullatus | Northern bottlenose whale
Mesoplodon densirostris | Blainville's beaked whale


Mesoplodon bidens | Sowerby's beaked whale


Mesoplodon mirus | True's beaked whale


Mesoplodon europaeus | Gervais' beaked whale 



Ziphius cavirostris | Cuvier's beaked whale


OTHER SPECIES, THE RARE VISITORS

Orcinus orca | Orca/Killer whale


Pseudorca crassidens | False Orca/False killer whale/Pseudorca


Steno bredanensis | Rough-toothed dolphin


Kogia breviceps | Pygmy sperm whale


Kogia simus | Dwarf sperm whale
Eubalaena glacialis | North Atlantic right whale



Lagenodelphis hosei | Fraser's dolphin

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