This order contains dolphins and whales. These are marine mammals.
In Singapore, 13 species have been recorded. The one most likely encountered are the uncommon Indo-Pacific Bottlenose and Humpback Dolphins. These are followed by the rare Finless Porpoise and Irrawaddy Dolphins1. The False Killer Whale is even rarer with only one found stranded at Tuas in 19942. In 2015. Singapore had its first record of Sperm Whale, albeit a dead one off Jurong Island3. The rest are possible in Singapore water but need to be confirmed4,5.
- Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) - Rare
- Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) - Rare
- Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) - Uncommon
- Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) - Rare
- Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus) - Rare
- Fraser's Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) - Rare
- False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) - Rare vagrant
- Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) - Rare
- Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) - Rare
- Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) - Rare
- Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) - Rare
- Bryde's Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) - Rare
- Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) - Rare
The Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is rare in Singapore.
The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) has recently been split from the Common Bottlenose Dolphin. It is uncommon and can sometimes be seen in the Singapore Strait.
Mixed pod of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose (dark fins) and Humpback (pale fin) Dolphins in Singapore Strait ©Tan KH
The Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) is uncommon and can sometimes be seen in our Southern waters. It is also called Pink Dolphin due to its pale coloration. It has a distinctive hump on the back and the dorsal fin is much shorter than the bottlenose dolphins'. The rest of the cetaceans are extremely rare.
2. False Killer Whale stranded at Tuas in 1994
3. Get up close to the Singapore whale at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
5. Cetaceans of Indonesian waters