Indian Ocean Whales

From: Pieter Arend Folkens (
Date: Wed Nov 13 2002 - 02:31:40 EST

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    >What are the five species of whales living in the Indian Ocean?

    I believe there are more than five:

    blue whale (plus the provisional pygmy blue whale) [M, S]
    fin whale
    Bryde's whale (or the provisional Eden's whale)
    humpback whale [M]
    southern right whale [M]
    sperm whale [M]
    pygmy sperm whale [S]
    Cuvier's beaked whale [M]
    Longman's beaked whale

    These are the ones I know of off the top of my head. The bracketed
    letters after some of the names means I have personally seen these
    ([M] = Madagascar, [S] = Sri Lanka). If you include the Antarctic
    Convergence at the southern part of the Indian Ocean we'd have to add
    the Antarctic minke whale. I'm inclined to include the sei whale as
    well. Since the pygmy right whale is known from South Africa and
    Australia, I'd bet it occurs in places inbetween (Indian Ocean).
    There are some beaked whales in the genus Mesoplodon from there, but
    I'd have to check my references at the office to remember which ones.

    Although these are dolphins, they also appear in the Indian Ocean:
    killer whale
    pilot whale


    Pieter Folkens


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