Category: Whales and Dolphins

Killer Whale, adult and calf (ANIA by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Contrary to their common name, killer whales (Orcinus orca), also known as orcas, are a species of oceanic dolphin, although they can be considered whales as all dolphins are considered whales but not all whales are dolphins. They are the largest of all dolphins, reaching lengths of …

Pygmy Sperm Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Our latest cetacean review will shift its attention to a long-overlooked species, the pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps). The cetacean clade ‘’Physeteroidea’’, is one of the oldest lineages within the odontocete order. Its only extant members are the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and the species within the …

Killer Whale (Sealife by Mojö Fun)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 This blog managed to cover a wide variety of cetaceans before getting to today’s species, the killer whale (Orcinus orca). The public perception of killer whales has a rather dramatic history compared to most cetaceans. In Europe, the killer whale’s status as an apex predator led to …

Dolphin (Authentics Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Among the animals of the world known for intelligence, one of the top three is the dolphin. These crafty cetaceans are known to be playful, agile and inventive, learning to deal with their ever changing world in many ways, like using river banks and bubbles to hunt. These clever critters do suffer as a result …

Humpback Whale (Maia & Borges, Schleich, Mojö Fun)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 This review will cover an exceptional mysticete, the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). The humpback is a well-recognized whale due to its breaching behavior and unique appearance. While placed in a separate genus from most other rorquals, modern genomic studies consistently report the humpback whale as the closest …

Gray Whale (Maia & Borges, Schleich, Mojö Fun, Unknown Company)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Today’s review will cover the Northern Pacific voyager, the gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus). The gray whale is a very well-known mysticete due to frequent sightings during whale-watching tours along the American west coast. Gray whales were also known as the ‘’Devil-fish’’ due to the aggression they display …

Beluga Whale, adult and calf (Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Today will be the blog’s first time covering the beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas), a charismatic arctic denizen. The beluga whale is the sole member of its genus, with the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) serving as its only extant relative within the family ‘’Monodontidae’’. Its name comes from the …

Blue Whale (Marine Life by Papo)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is among the most famous of all cetaceans, as it is recognized as the largest known animal currently living, and likely to have ever lived, on Earth. This whale is alternatively referred to as the ‘’sulfur-bottom’’ due to the growth of diatoms …

Bowhead Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as the Greenland right whale, is the bearer of multiple titles: largest Arctic denizen, largest mouth of any animal, thickest blubber of any animal, and longest baleen plates of any cetacean. It is also thought to be the longest living …

Pilot Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 When it comes to cetaceans, I generally find all mysticetes equally interesting, but I have strong preferences between different odontocetes. Outside of sperm whales and orcas, my next favorites are the members of the Globicephalinae subfamily of oceanic dolphins. This taxon contains all the species of dolphins …