List of individual cetaceans

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Dawn the humpback whale in the Sacramento River in 2007

Cetacea includes the animals commonly known as whales, dolphins, and porpoises. This list includes individuals from real life or fiction, where fictional individuals are indicated by their source. It is arranged roughly taxonomically.

Baleen whales[edit]


Blue whales[edit]


Humpback whales[edit]

Gray whales[edit]

  • Klamath River Whales [5]

Toothed whales[edit]

Beaked whales[edit]

Northern Bottlenose Whales[edit]

The River Thames whale being calmed by rescuers
The River Thames whale being calmed by rescuers


Bottlenose dolphins[edit]

Winter swimming without her prosthetic tail


Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando
Katina with trainer Dawn Brancheau
Morgan in August 2010
Scarlet and her mother, J-16

Risso's dolphins[edit]

Sperm whales[edit]




Because these individuals are legendary or mythic, their classification is unclear. As well, for some it is unclear whether they are even whales since whales were historically considered fish in Western culture.[8]

Jonah in the jaws of the whale
Jonah in the jaws of the whale

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Revkin, Andrew C. (21 December 2004). "Song of the Sea, a Cappella and Unanswered". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  2. ^ Ranaldi, Chloë; Leavitt, Sarah (30 May 2020). "A humpback whale is swimming in the St. Lawrence River in Montreal". CBC News. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  3. ^ O'Malley, Olivia (27 January 2021). "Montreal's humpback whale may not have been killed by collision with boat: researchers". Global News. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  4. ^ Mauer, Richard (February 3, 2012). "The real story behind 'Big Miracle'". The Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  5. ^ Goff, Andrew (July 28, 2011). "Whales. In a River". North Coast Journal.
  6. ^ "Flipper (1963)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  7. ^ Mullen, Chris (2016-06-29). "A Whale of a Tale: An Ode to Monstro | The Walt Disney Family Museum". Walt Disney Family Museum. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  8. ^ DeCou, Christopher (8 October 2018). "When whales were fish". Lateral Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  9. ^ "The Story of Paikea and Ruatapu". Te Ao Hou: The Maori Magazine. Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa - National Library of New Zealand. September 1962. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  10. ^ Haami, Bradford (2006-06-12). "Te whānau puha – whales". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. pp. Summary, 1–2, "Paikea, Waipapa marae, University of Auckland". Retrieved 2020-08-08.