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Species in the Northeast Atlantic and their state of conservation according to the UICN Red List

 

MYSTICETI

Balaenids

Balaenopterids

Greenland right whale (Balaena myscticetus) CR

Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) NT

Atlantic northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) NA

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) EN

 

Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) EN

 

Common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) LC

 

Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) NE

 

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) LC

TOOTHED WHALES

Beaked whales

Delphinidae

Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) DD

Orca (Orcinus orca) DD

Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) DD

Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) NA

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) DD

False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) NA

Sowerby’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) DD

Pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) NE

Gervais’ beaked whale (Mesoplodon europaeus) DD

Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) DD

Gray’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon grayi) NE

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) NE

True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) DD

Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) DD

Physiteridae

Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) LC

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) VU

White-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) LC

Kogiidae

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) DD

Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) NA

Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) DD

Dwarf sperm whale (Kogia simus) NA

Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) NE

Monodontidae

Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) NA

Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) NA

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) NA

Phocoenidae

 

Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) VU

CR (CRITICALLY ENDANGERED), EN (ENDANGERED), VU (VULNERABLE), NT (NEAR THREATENED), LT (LISTED), DD (DATA DEFICIENT), NA (NO INFORMATION), NE (NOT EVALUATED)