Where whales are found

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Tue Mar 26 2002 - 06:42:26 EST


The easy and stupid answer is "the oceans"! But really, this IS the
only appropriate simple answer because these animals aren't located
"mostly" in any one place. Both baleen whales and toothed whales are
found virtually everywhere, depending on the species. Between them they
have pretty much the entire wet parts of the globe covered.

Examples: narwhals and belugas are found in the Arctic; so are bowhead
whales. Some dolphins and a baleen whale called the Bryde's whale are
found only in warm tropical or subtropical water. Humpback whales
travel 5000 miles from cold high-latitude waters to the tropics when
they migrate. So whales and dolphins really do get everywhere; some are
very restricted in their distribution, and live in very specific
habitats, while others range very widely over hundreds or thousands of

And actually, saying "the oceans" isn't strictly true because there are
several species of dolphins that live in major rivers.

Phil Clapham

> SpiffyMify wrote:
> hey! i have a question. where are most baleen whales located? and
> where are most toothed whales located?! also what types of habitats do
> they live in?! thanks so much!!
> elizabeth


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.

tel. 508 495-2316 fax 508 495-2066 email: pclapham@whsun1.wh.whoi.edu

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