Whales are among the largest marine animals on the Earth, distributed in most of the open ocean. The Indian Ocean whale sanctuary is home to many species of whales, here is the list of 10 species of whales found in India.
The Blue Whale is the largest marine mammal, found in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean and largest population was found in the Antarctic.
The Fin Whale or Finback Whale is second largest mammalian on the Earth after Blue Whale, found around the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal in India.
The Humpback Whale is the most popular species of baleen whale and famous with whale watchers, Humpbacks inhabit all major oceans including Indian Ocean.
The Sperm Whale is a pelagic mammal and is the largest of the toothed whales, found in the Indian Ocean.
The Minke Whales are the second smallest baleen whale, rarely spotted in Indian Ocean.
The Bryde’s Whale mainly feed on Pacific sardine and have also been observed in the Indian Ocean.
The Sei Whale is the third largest rorqual inhabits most oceans on Earth and have been recorded from Indian Ocean too.
The Melon Headed Whale is closely related to the pygmy killer whale and pilot whale, commonly found in deep water of Indian Ocean with dolphin species.
The Dwarf Sperm Whale is from the sperm whale family and found along with the pygmy sperm whale in the Indian Ocean.
The Pygmy Blue Whale is a subspecies of the blue whale,mostly found in the Indian Ocean and also occurs in southern Indian Ocean and breed in the northern Indian Ocean.
Whale Shark are an endangered species and knonw as largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of its genus, inhabits all warm temperate area of Indian Ocean around Marine National Park at Gulf of Kutch.