What species might I find?

Explore the UK's whale, dolphin and porpoise species.

Below is a list of all the whale, porpoise and dolphin species found around the UK. For more information on identifying them, check out the species guides from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust species identification guides

Baleen whales

  • Black right whale, Eubalaena glacialis
  • Fin whale,  Balaenoptera physalus
  • Minke whale,  Balaenoptera acutorostrata
  • Blue whale,  Balaenoptera musculus
  • Sei whale,  Balaenoptera borealis
  • Humpback whale,  Megaptera novaeangliae

Toothed whales

Dolphins
  • Striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Common dolphin, Delphinus delphis
  • Bottle-nosed dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
  • White-sided dolphin, Lagenorhynchus acutus
  • White-beaked dolphin, Lagenorhynchus albirostris
  • Fraser's dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei
  • Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Porpoise
  • Harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena
Whales
  • False killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens
  • Killer whale, Orcinus orca
  • Long-finned pilot whale, Globicephala melas
  • Beluga whale, Delphinapterus leucas
  • Narwal, Monoceros monoceros
  • Pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps
  • Sperm whale Physeter catodon
  • Sowerby's beaked whale Mesoplodon bidens
  • True's beaked whale Mesoplodon mirus
  • Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris
  • Bottle-nosed whale Hyperoodon ampullatus