The pie chart on the right shows the relative numbers of
strandings for each species.
The key below uses average measurements for adult cetaceans - so
be aware that juvenile and newborn animals will be smaller!
|The animal is more
than 3 metres long:
See the basking
Does not have gills.
See the whale
|The animal is less
than 3 metres long.
||Go to step 2
|Does not have a
||Go to step 3
||Go to step 4
|Less than 2 metres
long, a "blunt" face with no prominent
beak, dark grey above, pale underneath and has
numerous spade shaped
teeth. Short, slightly rounded flippers.
|More than 2.5
metres long, a "blunt" face and rounded
head with no prominent beak, no teeth in top jaw and only 4-14
in the lower jaw. Body has pale underside (variable) and darker
grey above with numerous white scar marks. Long sickle-shaped
stocky, grey above
and white below, with a blunt beak (about 8cm long)
with melon crease above. Teeth are
cone shaped and up to 1.5 cm diameter.
|Body has an
hourglass pattern on each flank which is usually yellow between
the middle of the flank and the head. Beak up to 15 cm long.
|Body has a pinkish
line running from the eye to the genitals and a dark line from
the eye to the dorsal fin.
beak, robust body, white, grey and black body pattern
|Short beak, robust
body. Similar to white-beaked dolphin, but has a white patch
on both sides running into a yellowish streak on either side
of the tail stock.