Cetacean Guide

Have a look on the scientific illustrations of the thirteen cetacean species that have been recorded in Greek seas.

Cetacean species present in Greece

The Greek Seas host a large number of different cetacean species and constitute an important marine ecosystem area within the Mediterranean Sea. From the total of 13 species of cetaceans observed, eight of them live permanently in the Greek Seas:

Common bottlenose dolphin -Tursiops truncatus

 


 • Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba


 • Short-beaked common dolphin - Delphinus delphis


 • Risso’s dolphin - Grampus griseus


 • Fin whale - Balanoptera physalus

 

 


 • Sperm whale - Physeter macrocephalus


 • Cuvier’s beaked whale - Ziphius cavirostris


 • Harbour porpoise - Phocoena phocoena

 


 In addition to these 8 permanent residents, five other cetaceans have been recorded in the Greek Seas. However, evidence suggests that they do not occur permanently:

Humpback whale - Megaptera novaeangliae


 • Minke whale - Belaenoptera acutorostrata


 • False killer whale - Pseudorca crassidens


 • Beaked whale - Mesoplodon sp.


 • Rough-toothed dolphin - Steno bredanensis


Bottlenose dolphins due to their primarily coastal distribution, are probably those who are the most negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation.

Cetacean species present in Greece Greek Seas host a large number of different cetacean species and constitute an important marine ecosystem area within the Mediterranean Sea. From the total of 13 species of cetaceans observed, eight of them live permanently in the Greek Seas: the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis, the fin whale Balanoptera physalus, the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris and the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena.  In addition to these 8 permanent residents, 5 other cetaceans have been recorded in the Greek Seas. However, evidence suggests that they do not occur permanently: the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae, the minke whale Belaenoptera acutorostrata, the false killer whale Pseudorca crassidens, the beaked whale Mesoplodon sp. and the rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis. Bottlenose dolphins because of their primarily coastal distribution are probably those more negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation.
Cetacean species present in Greece

Greek Seas host a large number of different cetacean species and constitute an important marine ecosystem area within the Mediterranean Sea. From the total of 13 species of cetaceans observed, eight of them live permanently in the Greek Seas: the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis, the fin whale Balanoptera physalus, the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris and the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena.  In addition to these 8 permanent residents, 5 other cetaceans have been recorded in the Greek Seas. However, evidence suggests that they do not occur permanently: the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae, the minke whale Belaenoptera acutorostrata, the false killer whale Pseudorca crassidens, the beaked whale Mesoplodon sp. and the rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis. Bottlenose dolphins because of their primarily coastal distribution are probably those more negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation.

- See more at: http://sea-ecotrips.gr/?page_id=126#sthash.mGEXnVdU.dpuf

Cetacean species present in Greece

Greek Seas host a large number of different cetacean species and constitute an important marine ecosystem area within the Mediterranean Sea. From the total of 13 species of cetaceans observed, eight of them live permanently in the Greek Seas: the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis, the fin whale Balanoptera physalus, the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris and the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena.  In addition to these 8 permanent residents, 5 other cetaceans have been recorded in the Greek Seas. However, evidence suggests that they do not occur permanently: the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae, the minke whale Belaenoptera acutorostrata, the false killer whale Pseudorca crassidens, the beaked whale Mesoplodon sp. and the rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis. Bottlenose dolphins because of their primarily coastal distribution are probably those more negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation.

- See more at: http://sea-ecotrips.gr/?page_id=126#sthash.mGEXnVdU.dpuf

Cetacean species present in Greece

Greek Seas host a large number of different cetacean species and constitute an important marine ecosystem area within the Mediterranean Sea. From the total of 13 species of cetaceans observed, eight of them live permanently in the Greek Seas: the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis, the fin whale Balanoptera physalus, the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris and the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena.  In addition to these 8 permanent residents, 5 other cetaceans have been recorded in the Greek Seas. However, evidence suggests that they do not occur permanently: the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae, the minke whale Belaenoptera acutorostrata, the false killer whale Pseudorca crassidens, the beaked whale Mesoplodon sp. and the rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis. Bottlenose dolphins because of their primarily coastal distribution are probably those more negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation.

- See more at: http://sea-ecotrips.gr/?page_id=126#sthash.mGEXnVdU.dpuf
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