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Cetacea Collection

"Cetacea: A Captivating World of Marine Majesty" Dive into the mesmerizing realm of cetaceans, where awe-inspiring creatures roam the vast oceans

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, near Hout Bay, South Africa

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, near Hout Bay, South Africa

Background imageCetacea Collection: Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)

Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)
Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) large pod including calf traveling together while foraging on large schools of Herring (Clupea harengus) in the cold waters of northern Norway, January

Background imageCetacea Collection: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving beneath ocean surface. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving beneath ocean surface. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka

Background imageCetacea Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) male named Mel attacking young South American sea lion

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) male named Mel attacking young South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) on beach, Punta Norte, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

Background imageCetacea Collection: A sperm whale family swimming together

A sperm whale family swimming together
A sperm whale family swims together while sharing a close bond between them

Background imageCetacea Collection: Orca whales (Orcinus orca) pod surfacing together, Shetland, Scotland, UK. April

Orca whales (Orcinus orca) pod surfacing together, Shetland, Scotland, UK. April

Background imageCetacea Collection: Balaena mysticetus, bowhead whale

Balaena mysticetus, bowhead whale

Background imageCetacea Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops adunctus) swim over a coral reef

Pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops adunctus) swim over a coral reef. Sha ab El Erg, Hurghada, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK. First ever underwater images of humpbacks in British waters

Background imageCetacea Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus)

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageCetacea Collection: Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) near surface. Pico Island, Azores, Portugal. May

Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) near surface. Pico Island, Azores, Portugal. May

Background imageCetacea Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) at water surface with mouth open showing baleen plates

Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) at water surface with mouth open showing baleen plates, San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico

Background imageCetacea Collection: Physeter macrocephalus, Sperm whale tooth

Physeter macrocephalus, Sperm whale tooth
Sperm whale tooth

Background imageCetacea Collection: Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale breaching

Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale breaching

Background imageCetacea Collection: Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale, side view

Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale, side view

Background imageCetacea Collection: Common Bottlenose Dolphin Jumping in Air, Caribbean Sea, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Common Bottlenose Dolphin Jumping in Air, Caribbean Sea, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) two breaching at the same time together, Puerto Lopez

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) two breaching at the same time together, Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena Peninsula, Manabi Province, Ecuador, July, Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena Peninsula

Background imageCetacea Collection: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) underwater, Coronado Islands, Baja California

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) underwater, Coronado Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tail fluke above water as it dives below a rainbow

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tail fluke above water as it dives below a rainbow, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species. Digital composite

Background imageCetacea Collection: Three Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) socialising under the surface, Dominica

Three Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) socialising under the surface, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale family

Humpback whale family
Barathieu Gabriel

Background imageCetacea Collection: Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) tail, San Ignacio Lagoon, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve

Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) tail, San Ignacio Lagoon, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico, March

Background imageCetacea Collection: Corys shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed

Corys shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed, along with Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Azores, Portugal

Background imageCetacea Collection: Stuart Stammwitz working on blue whale model, 1938, The Natu

Stuart Stammwitz working on blue whale model, 1938, The Natu
Stuart Stammwitz is shown here working on the whales eye, before the model was painted

Background imageCetacea Collection: Physeter catodon and Hyperoodon ampullatus

Physeter catodon and Hyperoodon ampullatus
Sperm whale and northern bottlenose whale. Plate 45 from British Mammals Vol. 1 & 2 by Archibald Thorburn, 1920-21

Background imageCetacea Collection: Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the surface at sunrise

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the surface at sunrise. Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Background imageCetacea Collection: Killer whales hunt together in the beautiful clear ocean

Killer whales hunt together in the beautiful clear ocean
Two female and one male killer whales hunt together in the beautiful clear ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Cetiosaurus

Cetiosaurus
A sauropod dinosaur which grew up to 60 feet long. It lived about 160 to 170 million years ago in the Midlands and Southern England, during the Upper Juassic perid. Painting by Neave Parker

Background imageCetacea Collection: Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) underwater on the Little Bahama Banks

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) underwater on the Little Bahama Banks, Grand Bahama Island
Michael Nolan / SplashdownDirect

Background imageCetacea Collection: South Africa, Walker Bay, Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) tail fin above water

South Africa, Walker Bay, Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) tail fin above water

Background imageCetacea Collection: Mesoplodon bidens, Sowerbys beaked whale

Mesoplodon bidens, Sowerbys beaked whale
Plate 12 The Diodon of Sowerby. Hand-coloured engraving of a drawing by James Hope Stewart (1789-1856), from The Naturalists Library, Mammalia, Vol

Background imageCetacea Collection: Delphinus delphis, short-beaked common dolphin

Delphinus delphis, short-beaked common dolphin
Plate from a collection of pencil sketches and watercolour drawings of British mammals c. 1890-1910 by Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

Background imageCetacea Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising, Sado Estuary, Portugal. October

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising, Sado Estuary, Portugal. October

Background imageCetacea Collection: RF Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) aerial view. Baja California, Mexico

RF Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) aerial view. Baja California, Mexico

Background imageCetacea Collection: Pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) subspecies of blue whale, diving downwards

Pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) subspecies of blue whale, diving downwards, Mirissa, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. Endangered species

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) swimming, Tubuai, French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) swimming, Tubuai, French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) diving, with tail fluke splash

Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) diving, with tail fluke splash. Monumento Natural Ballena Franca Austral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina

Background imageCetacea Collection: Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view

Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view. Part of larger group of more than 50 whales congregating, Sea of Okhotsk sub-population, Russia

Background imageCetacea Collection: North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset

North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset, Kupreanof Island, Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, July

Background imageCetacea Collection: Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) mature male, swimming underwater. Hamn, Senja, Norway

Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) mature male, swimming underwater. Hamn, Senja, Norway, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother

Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother. Vava u, Tonga, South Pacific

Background imageCetacea Collection: Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean

Background imageCetacea Collection: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) female at the ocean surface with her mouth open

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) female at the ocean surface with her mouth open. This whale has just surfaced from foraging in deep water. Ogasawara or Bonin Islands, Japan

Background imageCetacea Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) calf with fetal lines characteristic

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) calf with fetal lines characteristic of newborn specimens, with pod. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageCetacea Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) with South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) in mouth, beaching

Orca (Orcinus orca) with South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) in mouth, beaching itself on shore. Punta Norte, Valdez Peninsula, Argentina. April

Background imageCetacea Collection: RF - Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving vertically down into the ocean to feed

RF - Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving vertically down into the ocean to feed. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)



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"Cetacea: A Captivating World of Marine Majesty" Dive into the mesmerizing realm of cetaceans, where awe-inspiring creatures roam the vast oceans. From the powerful Killer Whales or Orcas (Orcinus orca) to the majestic Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near Hout Bay, South Africa, these magnificent beings captivate our hearts. Witness the raw power as Mel, a male Killer Whale, launches an attack on a young South American sea lion. It's nature's way of survival and dominance in action. Meanwhile, a harmonious Sperm Whale family glides through azure waters together - their bond unbreakable. In Shetland, Scotland, UK; an enchanting pod of Orca whales surfaces as one entity. Their synchronized movements reveal their deep connection and intelligence. The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), with its colossal size and gracefulness, leaves us humbled by its presence. Behold the spectacle when a pod of Killer Whales hunts in perfect harmony within a herring baitball - showcasing their strategic prowess. Over vibrant coral reefs swims a playful group of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops adunctus), reminding us that joy can be found even beneath the waves. Delve into the depths where three socializing Sperm Whales gracefully glide under Dominica's surface - an intimate glimpse into their mysterious world. In Japan's Ogasawara / Bonin Islands lies an Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin with its extended penis - highlighting unique aspects of marine life rarely seen. A Fin Whale nears the surface off Pico Island in Azores Portugal during May – its immense size leaving us breathless with admiration for these gentle giants. Lastly, Orcas or killer whales swimming freely in open water around Three Kings Islands in New Zealand remind us that freedom is synonymous with the ocean.