Delphinidae - dolphins, killer whales, pilot whales
There are 36 species in this family.
have a torpedo-shaped body; a long beak-like snout; cone-shaped teeth; a blow hole; and a bulging forehead. The bulge in their forehead is cause by the melon. The melon is a fatty bulge between the dolphin's skull and blow hole that is used for echolocation. Most species also have a curved dorsal fin.
are found in all of the world's oceans and some species are found in rivers. They are usually found in shallow water. Most species live in large groups called pods. Delphinids are fast and agile swimmers. Delphinids use echolocation to locate prey like fish and squid. Killer whales also eat seals and penguins.
World Status Key
Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered
Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.
US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game