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:: Whales and Dolphins - A Selection of the Best
The open ocean is home to many species of marine mammal - humpback whales, sperm whales, orca, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, false pilot whales, Bryde's whales and the right whale.

The photos below are a select few from our Whales and Dolphins gallery - to view the complete collection please visit the Whales and Dolphins Gallery

Dusky dolphin
Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)
Dusky dolphin, also called Fitzroy's dolphin, just beneath the ocean surface off New Zealand.
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Humpback whale
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Underwater view of a juvenile Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, about to surface in the South Pacific Ocean.
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Southern right whale
Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis)
A mother southern right whale and her calf at the winter breeding grounds in the Southern Ocean near the Auckland Islands, New Zealand.
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Killer whale
Killer whale, orca, blue shark, (Orcinus orca, Prionace glauca)
Marine "cat-and-mouse": a killer whale, Orcinus orca, attacking and toying with a large blue shark in New Zealand waters.
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Killer whales
Killer whale, orca (Orcinus orca)
Three killer whales "spyhopping" in unison to see "What's for breakfast?" up on sea ice - in this case the photographer who is standing on the edge of Ross Ice Shelf. Fortunately killer whales don't eat humans - even those with cameras. Wind, currents, and summer warmth have got rid of all floating ice floes, so the sea looks like "anywhere". This is possibly the only photo in existence showing three Orca spyhopping in unison - other photos show one or two animals, or Orca at different stages of spyhopping.
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Dolphin
Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
Common dolphin swimming underwater, silhouetted against calm sunlit ocean surface. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Minke whale
Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
Three minke whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, breathing through broken sea ice in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Up to ten metres in length, the minke whale is the smallest of the rorqual whales - those whales with baleen, a dorsal fin, and throat pleats - and are subject to predation by killer whales.
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Minke whale

Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
Minke whale "blowing" at the surface of the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
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Dolphin
Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
Two common dolphins swim slowly just below the surface of a calm sea off New Zealand.
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View the complete collection in our Whales and Dolphins Gallery


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