Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic A Guide to Their Identification
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Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic A Guide to Their Identification

By Stephen Leatherwood, Howard Elliott Winn, David Keller Caldwell
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Table of Contents
  • Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic A Guide to Their Identification
  • PREFACE
    • CONTENTS
    • ABSTRACT
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CLASSIFICATION OF CETACEANS
  • DOLPHIN OR PORPOISE
  • ORGANIZATION OF THE GUIDE
  • HOW TO USE THE GUIDE
    • To Identify Animals at Sea
    • To Identify Stranded Animals
    • To Record and Report Information
  • DIRECTORY TO SPECIES ACCOUNTS
    • LARGE WHALES (40-85 feet [12-26 m] maximum overall length)
      • With a Dorsal Fin
    • With a Dorsal Fin
    • (40-65 feet [12-20 m] maximum overall length)
      • Without a Dorsal Fin
    • Without a Dorsal Fin
    • MEDIUM-SIZED WHALES (13-32 feet [4-10 m] maximum overall length)
      • With a Dorsal Fin
    • With a Dorsal Fin
    • (13-16 feet [4-5 m] maximum overall length)
      • Without a Dorsal Fin
    • Without a Dorsal Fin
    • SMALL WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES (less than 13 feet [4 m] maximum overall length)
      • With a Dorsal Fin
    • With a Dorsal Fin
  • SPECIES ACCOUNTS
    • Large Whales With a Dorsal Fin
      • BLUE WHALE (B)[9] Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus 1758)
      • FIN WHALE (B) Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus 1758)
      • SEI WHALE (B) Balaenoptera borealis Lesson 1828
      • BRYDE'S WHALE (B) Balaenoptera edeni Anderson 1879
      • HUMPBACK WHALE (B) Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski 1781)
    • BLUE WHALE (B)[9] Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus 1758)
    • FIN WHALE (B) Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus 1758)
    • SEI WHALE (B) Balaenoptera borealis Lesson 1828
    • BRYDE'S WHALE (B) Balaenoptera edeni Anderson 1879
    • HUMPBACK WHALE (B) Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski 1781)
    • Large Whales Without a Dorsal Fin
      • BOWHEAD WHALE (B) Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus 1758
      • RIGHT WHALE (B) Eubalaena glacialis (Borowski 1781)
      • SPERM WHALE (T) Physeter catodon Linnaeus 1758
    • BOWHEAD WHALE (B) Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus 1758
    • RIGHT WHALE (B) Eubalaena glacialis (Borowski 1781)
    • SPERM WHALE (T) Physeter catodon Linnaeus 1758
    • Medium-sized Whales With a Dorsal Fin
      • MINKE WHALE (B) Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede 1804
      • NORTHERN BOTTLENOSED WHALE (T) Hyperoodon ampullatus (Forster 1770)
      • GOOSEBEAKED WHALE (T) Ziphius cavirostris G. Cuvier 1823
      • OTHER BEAKED WHALES (T) Mesoplodon spp.
      • TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon minis True 1913
      • ANTILLEAN BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon europaeus (Gervais 1855) (equals M. gervaisi [Deslongchamps])
      • DENSE-BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville in Desmarest 1817)
      • NORTH SEA BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon bidens (Sowerby 1804)
      • KILLER WHALE (T) Orcinus orca (Linnaeus 1758)
      • FALSE KILLER WHALE (T) Pseudorca crassidens (Owen 1846)
      • ATLANTIC PILOT WHALE (T) Globicephala melaena (Traill 1809)
      • SHORT-FINNED PILOT WHALE (T) Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray 1846
      • GRAMPUS (T) Grampus griseus (G. Cuvier 1812)
    • MINKE WHALE (B) Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede 1804
    • NORTHERN BOTTLENOSED WHALE (T) Hyperoodon ampullatus (Forster 1770)
    • GOOSEBEAKED WHALE (T) Ziphius cavirostris G. Cuvier 1823
    • OTHER BEAKED WHALES (T) Mesoplodon spp.
    • TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon minis True 1913
    • ANTILLEAN BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon europaeus (Gervais 1855) (equals M. gervaisi [Deslongchamps])
    • DENSE-BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville in Desmarest 1817)
    • NORTH SEA BEAKED WHALE (T) Mesoplodon bidens (Sowerby 1804)
    • KILLER WHALE (T) Orcinus orca (Linnaeus 1758)
    • FALSE KILLER WHALE (T) Pseudorca crassidens (Owen 1846)
    • ATLANTIC PILOT WHALE (T) Globicephala melaena (Traill 1809)
    • SHORT-FINNED PILOT WHALE (T) Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray 1846
    • GRAMPUS (T) Grampus griseus (G. Cuvier 1812)
    • Medium-sized Whales Without a Dorsal Fin
      • BELUGA (T) Delphinapterus leucas (Pallas 1776)
      • NARWHAL (T) Monodon monoceros Linnaeus 1758
    • BELUGA (T) Delphinapterus leucas (Pallas 1776)
    • NARWHAL (T) Monodon monoceros Linnaeus 1758
    • Small Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises With a Dorsal Fin
      • ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella plagiodon (Cope 1866)
      • BRIDLED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella frontalis (G. Cuvier 1829)
      • SPINNER DOLPHIN (T) Stenella longirostris Gray 1828
      • STRIPED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen 1833)
      • SADDLEBACK DOLPHIN (T) Delphinus delphis Linnaeus 1758
      • FRASER'S DOLPHIN (T) Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser 1956
      • ATLANTIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN (T) Lagenorhynchus acutus (Gray 1828)
      • WHITE-BEAKED DOLPHIN (T) Lagenorhynchus albirostris Gray 1846
      • ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSED DOLPHIN (T) Tursiops truncatus (Montague 1821)
      • GUIANA DOLPHIN (T) Sotalia guianensis (P.-J. van Beneden 1864)
      • ROUGH-TOOTHED DOLPHIN (T) Steno bredanensis (G. Cuvier in Lesson 1828)
      • PYGMY KILLER WHALE (T) Feresa attenuata Gray 1874
      • MANY-TOOTHED BLACKFISH (T) Peponocephala electra (Gray 1846)
      • PYGMY SPERM WHALE (T) Kogia breviceps (Blainville 1838)
      • DWARF SPERM WHALE (T) Kogia simus (Owen 1866)
      • HARBOR PORPOISE (T) Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus 1758)
    • ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella plagiodon (Cope 1866)
    • BRIDLED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella frontalis (G. Cuvier 1829)
    • SPINNER DOLPHIN (T) Stenella longirostris Gray 1828
    • STRIPED DOLPHIN (T) Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen 1833)
    • SADDLEBACK DOLPHIN (T) Delphinus delphis Linnaeus 1758
    • FRASER'S DOLPHIN (T) Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser 1956
    • ATLANTIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN (T) Lagenorhynchus acutus (Gray 1828)
    • WHITE-BEAKED DOLPHIN (T) Lagenorhynchus albirostris Gray 1846
    • ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSED DOLPHIN (T) Tursiops truncatus (Montague 1821)
    • GUIANA DOLPHIN (T) Sotalia guianensis (P.-J. van Beneden 1864)
    • ROUGH-TOOTHED DOLPHIN (T) Steno bredanensis (G. Cuvier in Lesson 1828)
    • PYGMY KILLER WHALE (T) Feresa attenuata Gray 1874
    • MANY-TOOTHED BLACKFISH (T) Peponocephala electra (Gray 1846)
    • PYGMY SPERM WHALE (T) Kogia breviceps (Blainville 1838)
    • DWARF SPERM WHALE (T) Kogia simus (Owen 1866)
    • HARBOR PORPOISE (T) Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus 1758)
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • APPENDIX A TAGS ON WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES
    • Static Tags
    • Radio Transmitter Tags
    • Natural Markings
  • APPENDIX B RECORDING AND REPORTING OBSERVATIONS OF CETACEANS AT SEA
    • GENERAL INFORMATION
    • SIGHTING INFORMATION
  • APPENDIX C STRANDED WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES With a Key to the Identification of Stranded Cetaceans of the Western North Atlantic
    • Stranded Animals
    • Identifying the Animal
    • KEY TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF STRANDED CETACEANS OF THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC
  • APPENDIX D RECORDING AND REPORTING DATA ON STRANDED CETACEANS
  • APPENDIX E LIST OF INSTITUTIONS TO CONTACT REGARDING STRANDED CETACEANS
    • CANADA
    • UNITED STATES
    • OTHERS
  • NOAA TECHNICAL REPORTS National Marine Fisheries Service, Circulars
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