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balaenoptera acutorostrataBalaenoptera acutorostrata
(Mink whale)

Scientific name: Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Lacepède, 1804)
Popular names: Mink whale
Danish name: Sildepisker eller vågehval

Family: Balaenopteridae (Rorquals)

Distribution: Circumglobal
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Adult size: 8 - 11 metres / 4 - 14 tonnes
Calve size: ~ 2.4 metres / ~ 180 kg

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balaenoptera physalusBalaenoptera physalus
(Fin whale)

Scientific name: Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Fin whale
Danish name: Finhval

Family: Balaenopteridae (Rorquals)

Distribution: Circumglobal

Adult size: 19 - 27 metres / ~ 70 tonnes
Calve size: ~ 6.5 metres / ~ 1800 kg

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globicephala melasGlobicephala melas
(Long-finned pilot whale)

Scientific name: Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809)
Popular names: Long-finned pilot whale
Danish name: Langluffet Grindehval

Family: Delphinidae (Oceanic dolphins)

Distribution: Circumglobal
Observation site: Davis strait

Adult size: 5 - 8 metres / 1.8 - 3.5 tonnes
Calve size: ~ 1.8 metres / ~ 100 kg

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hyperoodon ampullatusHyperoodon ampullatus
(Northern bottlenose whale)

Scientific name: Hyperoodon ampullatus (Forster, 1770)
Popular names: Northern bottlenose whale
Danish name: Døgling, andehval, næbhval

Family: Ziphiidae (Beaked whales)

Distribution: Endemic to the North Atlantic Ocean
Observation site: Davis and Denmark Strait

Adult size: 9.8 m / 5.8 - 7.5 ton
Calve size: ~ 3.5 m / ~ 300 kg

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lagenorhynchus albirostris2Lagenorhynchus albirostris
(White-beaked dolphin)

Scientific name: Lagenorhynchus albirostris (Gray, 1846)
Popular names: White-beaked dolphin
Danish name: Hvidnæse

Family: Delphinidae (Dolphins)

Distribution: North Atlantic Ocean
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Adult size: 2.3 - 3.1 m / 180 - 354 kg
Calve size: ~ 1.1 m / ~ 40 kg

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megaptera novaeangliaeMegaptera novaeangliae
(Humpback whale)

Scientific name: Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)
Popular names: Humpback whale
Danish name: Pukkelhval

Family: Balaenopteridae (Rorquals)

Distribution: Circumglobal

Adult size: 12 - 16 metres / ~ 36 tonnes
Calve size: ~ 6 metres / ~ 1.800 kg

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orcinus orcaOrcinus orca (Killer whale)

Scientific name: Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Killer whale, orca
Danish name: Spækhugger

Family: Delphinidae (Oceanic dolphin)

Distribution: Circumglobal

Adult size: 4.6 - 9.8 metres / 2.6 - 9 tonnes
Calve size: ~ 2.3 metres / ~ 180 kg

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physeter macrocephalus2Physeter macrocephalus
(Sperm whale)

Scientific name: Physeter macrocephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Sperm whale
Danish name: Kaskelot

Family: Physeteroidea

Distribution: Circumglobal
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Adult size: 17 - 20 metres / 40-60 tons
Calve size: ~ 4 metres / ~ 1 ton

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