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Common Bottlenose Dolphin

The Common Bottlenose dolphin is the most commonly recognized dolphin as this species is found in aquariums and oceanariums worldwide.  This is a coastal species in many regions of the world but in Hawaii bottlenose dolphins are typically found further from shore and may be either part of a Main Hawaiian Islands population or resident […]

Risso’s Dolphin

Despite Risso’s dolphins having an estimated abundance of slightly more than 7000 individuals in Hawaii, they are very rarely seen in Hawaiian waters. They are found only very far from shore in deep waters reaching over 13,000-15,000 feet in depth. The species is thought to forage primarily at night on squids but little is known […]

Melon-headed Whale

Little is known about the Melon-headed Whale.  Most information collected is from Hawaiian waters where there are approximately 5000 residents that travel among all of the main Hawaiian islands. An isolated stock of approximately 400-500 individuals lives off the Kohala coast of the Big Island. Melon-headed whales are often sighted in large groups at sea, […]

Short-finned Pilot Whale

Short-finned pilot whales are commonly observed around the Main Hawaiian Islands, as well as around the northwestern Hawaiian islands. The stock in Hawaiian waters is estimated at over 12,000 individuals. Short-finned pilot whales are one of many species referred to as “blackfish” because of their black coloration. They can easily be confused with false killer […]

Pygmy Killer Whale

Pygmy Killer whales have been sighted off of Oahu, Ni’ihau, and Lanai. The Hawaiian stock is estimated at 3,433. Past strandings in the Hawaiian islands suggest that pygmy killer whales  these incidents have eat fish and cephalopods in Hawaiian waters. Pods are typically composed of 12-50 individuals. These dolphins have a round blunt head which […]

Blainville’s Beaked Whale

Blainville’s beaked whales are estimated at 2300 individuals in Hawaiian waters and it is thought that there are both insular (near shore) and offshore, pelagic populations in Hawaii. Beaked whales comprise the world’s most poorly known group of whales. This deep, robust, and laterally compressed bodied whale is often speckled with many white oval scars […]

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

Cuvier’s beaked whales are believed to number close to 2000 animals in Hawaiian waters with both insular and offshore, pelagic populations. Site fidelity of known individuals near the Big Island over greater than a 20 year period combined with satellite data that show a small range of movement suggest a resident, island associated population off […]

Killer Whale

Killer Whales are a species of dolphin that is well known from productive waters found in temperate climates. The Hawaiian stock of killer whales is estimated to have an abundance of 101. These whales are known for diverse dietary preferences that are often specific to individual populations. Killer whales from different parts of the world […]