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Marine Mammals

Group: 
Mammals

Mammals that spend much of their life at sea and feed primarily on fish and aquatic creatures.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Basking Shark

Cetorhinus maximus
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One of the largest fish in the and only occasionally seen off the Dorset coast.


 

[Note: not a marine mammal but I have grouped it with them for expediency]

 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Rissos Dolphin

Grampus griseus
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A very scarce visitor to the seas around Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Atlantic Grey Seal

Halichoerus grypus
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Frequently encountered off of the Dorset coast usually in open water.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae
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A rare sight off of the Dorset coast.


 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Harbour Porpoise

Phocoena phocoena
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A very scarce visitor to Dorset waters.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Common Seal

Phoca vitulina
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Common seals are more often seen inshore in harbours and bays than the larger Atlantic Grey


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus
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Dolphins are occasionally reported off the Dorset coast. Durlston is one of the most frequent sites.


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Common Dolphin

Dolphinus delphis
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Despite its name it is not the most common species around the coast of Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard