Cetacean species guide for Israel


Applies to species, individuals of which have either been sighted offshore or have beached in an apparently good nutritional status 


Cetaceans of the Mediterranean continental shelf (presented in descending order of body size):


Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Minke whale  Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris

False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens

Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus

Common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncates

Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin Sousa chinensis

Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Mediterranean Monk Seal  Monachus monachus



Cetaceans of the Gulf of Eilat-Aqaba (absent from the Mediterranean):


Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin Tursiops aduncus

Pantropical spotted dolphin  Stenella attenuata

Long-snouted spinner dolphin  Stenella longirostris