Subject: Oman

Pieter Folkens (animalbytes@earthlink.net)
Sun, 2 Mar 1997 09:00:13 -0700

>What kind(s) of whales are found in the Gulf of Oman, and how big are they?
>
>Hamad Said,  11 years old.

The largest is the Blue Whale at a maximum of 27 m, however, some believe
the northern Indian Ocean has a pygmy form of the blue whale which is
several metres shorter.

Fin Whales measure up to around 23 m.

Sei Whales  in the area can reach about 18 m.

Bryde's Whale run about 15 m.

Minke Whales in the area reach around 8 m.

Humpback Whales also appear there and reach around 14 m.

All three species of sperm whales are known from the area with bull sperm
whales reaching 18 m (females to 12 m), pygmy sperm whales at over 3 m, and
darf sperm whales up to 2.7 m.

Cuvier's beaked whales are known in the area and reach over 7 m.

Blainville's beaked whale appears to be the only Mesoplodon in the area.
They reach around 4.7 m.

There are several species of dolphins which occur in the Gulf, including
the Killer Whale, False Killer Whale and Short-finned Pilot Whale, which
are called whales, but are really dolphins.

Cheers,

Pieter Folkens

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