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Odontoceti Collection

"Discover the Fascinating World of Odontoceti: Masters of the Ocean" Odontoceti, a diverse group of marine mammals

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

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

Background imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti Collection: Physeter macrocephalus, Sperm whale tooth

Physeter macrocephalus, Sperm whale tooth
Sperm whale tooth

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

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

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

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

Background imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti Collection: Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) jumping out the water, Shetland, Scotland, UK, January

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) jumping out the water, Shetland, Scotland, UK, January

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing and blowing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing and blowing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) - rare picture of small group Bay of Fundy

Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) - rare picture of small group Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) surfacing Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) surfacing Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) showing underside whilst vertical underwater

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) showing underside whilst vertical underwater, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic, October

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) at surface, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) at surface, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) just below surface, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) just below surface, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) resting just beneath surface, Faial Island, Azores

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) resting just beneath surface, Faial Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean July

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) surfacing, South Tenerife, Canary Islands

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) surfacing, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean, July

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) two just below surface, Los Gigantes

Short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) two just below surface, Los Gigantes, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean, July

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Type 1 North-east Atlantic Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Snaefellsnes Peninsua

Type 1 North-east Atlantic Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Snaefellsnes Peninsua, western Iceland, January

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus)

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) at surface, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) at surface, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean. Vulnerable species

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) tail slapping at sunset, transient race, Vancouver Island

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) tail slapping at sunset, transient race, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, July

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Senja, Troms County, Norway, Scandinavia, January

Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Senja, Troms County, Norway, Scandinavia, January. Cetaceans are attracted to this area to feed on the large numbers of spawning Herring fish

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) with fishing net damage around throat

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) with fishing net damage around throat, Pearl River Estuary, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin ( Sousa chinensis) surfacing, Tai O, Lantau Island

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin ( Sousa chinensis) surfacing, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Harbour porpoise, (Phocoena phocoena) porpoising, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

Harbour porpoise, (Phocoena phocoena) porpoising, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, August

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Shetland, Scotland, UK, October

Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Shetland, Scotland, UK, October

Background imageOdontoceti 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 imageOdontoceti Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at surface, Moray Firth, Highlands, Scotland. May

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at surface, Moray Firth, Highlands, Scotland. May

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) approaching with curiosity, Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) approaching with curiosity, Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel. Red Sea

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) beached whilst hunting Sea lion (Otaria flavescens)

Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) beached whilst hunting Sea lion (Otaria flavescens) close to the shore, Punta Norte Nature Reserve, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, Argentina, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Atlantic spotted dolphins, (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site

Atlantic spotted dolphins, (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) underwater

Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) underwater, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada. September

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) juvenile, without spots, porposing

Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) juvenile, without spots, porposing, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Snipe fish

Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Snipe fish (Macroramphosus scolopax) Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: A Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), heavily scarred, possibly from shark attacks

A Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), heavily scarred, possibly from shark attacks, on sand bank off Eleuthera, Bahamas

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: RF - Pod of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) cruise in formation over the sand of

RF - Pod of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) cruise in formation over the sand of a lagoon while sleeping. Egypt. Red Sea (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vavaau, Tonga

Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vavaau, Tonga
Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vava u, Tonga, South Pacific

Background imageOdontoceti Collection: Pod of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) swimming beneath the surface of the ocean

Pod of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) swimming beneath the surface of the ocean. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka



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"Discover the Fascinating World of Odontoceti: Masters of the Ocean" Odontoceti, a diverse group of marine mammals, includes some of the most awe-inspiring creatures that inhabit our oceans. Among them are the magnificent Killer Whales or Orcas (Orcinus orca), known for their intelligence and striking black and white coloration. In one captivating moment, we witness Mel, a male Killer Whale, launching an attack on a young South American sea lion. This display of hunting prowess showcases their formidable nature as apex predators. Traveling to Shetland, Scotland in April, we observe an entire pod of Orca whales surfacing together. Their synchronized movements create a mesmerizing spectacle against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes. Another remarkable sight unfolds as a pod of Killer Whales collaboratively hunts in a herring baitball. Witnessing their strategic teamwork is truly remarkable and highlights their exceptional hunting skills. Venturing into warmer waters, we encounter a playful pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins gracefully swimming over vibrant coral reefs. Their presence brings joy to both divers and marine enthusiasts alike. Delving deeper beneath the surface off Dominica's coast reveals three socializing Sperm whales. These gentle giants demonstrate their strong bonds while navigating the mysterious depths with grace and tranquility. Journeying to Ogasawara / Bonin Islands in Japan unveils an Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin with its unique extended penis—a fascinating glimpse into their reproductive biology rarely seen by human eyes. The Three Kings Islands in New Zealand serve as home to Orcas/Killer Whales roaming freely through open waters. Observing these majestic creatures thriving within their natural habitat is nothing short of breathtaking. A magical moment occurs when a Sperm whale dives below a rainbow while showcasing its massive tail fluke above water—an enchanting scene symbolizing harmony between land and sea.