Marine angel fish are a type of perciform fish that belong to the family Pomacanthidae. Found on shallow reefs in the tropical Atlantic, Indian and mostly western Pacific Ocean, the family contains seven genera and approximately 86 species. They should not be confused with the … [Read more...]
What Animals Live In The Atlantic Ocean?
The Atlantic Ocean makes about 29% of the total world ocean waters.
It is home to a wide variety of aquatic plant life and marine animals, both vertebrates and invertebrates. Here are a selection of animal species that call this ocean their home.
The Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) is a dolphin found in the Gulf Stream of the North Atlantic Ocean. Older members of the species have a very distinctive spotted coloration all over their body.The scientific name for an Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is Stenella … [Read more...]
The Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus), sometimes called the gray dolphin, is the only species of dolphin in the genus Grampus. Risso's dolphins are cetaceans found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters, usually in deep waters rather than close to land. As well as the … [Read more...]
The minke whale, also known as lesser rorqual, is a complex species of baleen whale. There are two species of minke whale; the common minke whale (also known as the northern minke whale) (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the Antarctic minke whale (or southern minke whale) … [Read more...]
The short finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) is one of the two species of pilot whale. They are a cetacean in the genus Globicephala, which it shares with the long-finned pilot whale. Short-finned pilot whales are part of the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae … [Read more...]
The Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of all toothed whales and is the largest toothed animal alive, measuring up to 18 metres (60 feet) long. Sperm Whales can regularly be seen in the Galapagos waters. The Sperm whale was named after the milky-white waxy … [Read more...]
The harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), also spelt harbor porpoise, is one of eight extant species of porpoise. It is one of the smallest cetacean in the sea. As its name implies, it stays close to coastal areas or river estuaries and as such is the most familiar porpoise to … [Read more...]
Brydes WhaleBryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni) are the least known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals, a group that includes blue whales and humpback whales. Bryde’s whales are named for Johan Bryde, a Norwegian who built the first whaling stations in South … [Read more...]
Fin Whales Galapagos IslandThe fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) is a cetacean belonging to the parvorder of baleen whales. It is also known as the finback whale or common rorqual and formerly the razorback whale. The fin whale is the second largest whale and the second … [Read more...]
Hammerhead sharks are most common near Wolf Island and Darwin Islands in the north of the archipelago. Galapagos is one of the last remaining places where large schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks can be observed. They can be observed cruising over reefs and boulder-strewn … [Read more...]