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Britain's Sea Mammals:
Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seals and Where to Find Them
Jon Dunn, Robert Still & Hugh Harrop

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About this guide 5
The seas around Britain and Ireland 6

What is a marine mammal 8

  • Pinnipeds 8
  • Cetaceans 10

Marine mammal families 12

Observing marine mammals 16

  • Where and when to look 16
  • How to look 18
  • What to look for: identification 20
  • What to look for: behaviour 22

Where to watch Britain's marine mammals 26

  • Locations: Seals
  • Britain 28
  • Locations: Cetaceans
  • South West England 30
  • Wales 32
  • Ireland 34
  • North Sea coast 36
  • Orkney & Shetland 38
  • Western Scotland 40

BRITAIN'S SEA MAMMALS (See the following pages for full list) 42

Threats and conservation 117
Recording and getting involved 118
Stranded cetaceans and marine mammal rescue 119

Observation guidelines

  • Observation guidelines: seals - on land 120
  • Observation guidelines: sea vessels - at sea 121

Further reading 122
Useful addresses and web resources 123
Photographic and artwork credits 124
Acknowledgements 126
Index of English and scientific names 127


Common or Harbour Seal Phoca vitulina 44
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 48
Differentiating Common and Grey Seals 52
Rare seals
Walrus Odobenus rosmarus 53
Ringed Seal Phoca hispida 54
Bearded Seal Erignathus barbatus 55
Harp Seal Phoca groenlandica 56
Hooded Seal Cystophora cristata 57

Regularly occurring cetaceans 60
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 62
Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 64
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae 66
Killer Whale or Orca Orcinus orca 68
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 72
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 74
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 78
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 82
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus 84
White-beaked Dolphin Lagenorhynchus albirostris 86
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 88
Deepwater cetaceans 90
Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis 92
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 94
Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus 96
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 98
Mesoplodon beaked whales 100
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 104
Rare cetaceans 106
North Atlantic Right Whale Eubalaena glacialis 108
Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus 109
Pygmy Sperm Whale Kogia breviceps 110
Dwarf Sperm Whale Kogia sima 111
Beluga Delphinapterus leucas 112
Narwhal Monodon monoceros 113
False Killer Whale Pseudorca crassidens 114
Melon-headed Whale Peponocephala electra 115
Fraser's Dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei 116

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