PAGE INDEX 1. Common Dolphin, lateral view 2. Harbour Porpoise, lateral view 3. Harbour Porpoise, anterior view 4. Details
|The whales are initially divided into two groups, the toothed whales and the baleen whales. Baleen whales are the very large plankton-feeders such as Humpbacks and Blue Whales. The species illustrated here are both toothed whales.|
|1. Common Dolphin skull, lateral view.|
The skull of this species can be separated from the Bottle-nosed Dolphin, which is also common around Britain, by the number of teeth. (Common > 40, Bottle-nosed < 30 each side)
|2. Harbour Porpoise, lateral view. |
Lacking teeth and lower jaw.
|2. Harbour Porpoise, anterior view.|
Note asymmetry of skull, typical of toothed whales.
|Details of Specimens Illustrated|
|Overall length||438mm||Overall width||210mm|
|Overall length||225mm||Overall width||144mm|
Latin Name : Delphinus "like a dolphin";xxdelphis - Greek word for a dolphin.
Latin Name : Phocoena - Greek word for a porpoise.