Are There Whales In Belize?

Are There Whales In Belize - Pilot whale

If you are visiting Belize, and in particular if you are going scuba diving in Belize, you might be asking are there whales in Belize?

There are whales in Belize in the Caribbean, which include pilot whales, false killer whales, dolphins, sperm whales, orcas or killer whales and very rare sightings of humpback whales. But there are also whale sharks, which are not whales, even though their name includes ‘whale‘.

The following article includes at least one video of each of the whales encountered in Belize, as per the following list of whales:

  1. Pilot whales.
  2. False killer whales.
  3. The types of dolphins.
  4. Sperm whales.
  5. Orcas or killer whales (rare sightings).
  6. Humpback whales (very rare sightings).

Either before or after reading about whales in Belize, you might like to take a look at Belize liveaboards in the following table:

Pilot whales in Belize

One of the smaller whales you’ll find in Belize are pilot whales. There are two species of pilot whale that exist and it is the short-finned pilot whale that is found in Belize.

Pilot whales get their name from a theory in the past that the pod was ‘piloted‘ by a single leader, but this is known not to be true now. Pilot whales are actually large dolphins and they are the second largest member of the oceanic dolphin family.

The following video is of pilot whales in Belize.

https://youtu.be/sscaT2wiazQ
Pilot Whales In Belize

Here’s a juvenile pilot whale off Ambergris Caye, Belize:

Stranded Juvenile Pilot Whale off Ambergris Caye, Belize

False killer whales in Belize

A whale the size of a dolphin often spotted in Belize is the false killer whale.

False Killer Whales in the Drowned Cayes, Belize

Sperm whales in Belize

One of the later whales spotted in Belize is the sperm whale. The following video is of a pserm whale in Belize, which is not great footage, but shows there are sometimes seen off the coast of Belize.

Sperm whale seen in Belize

Orca or killer whales in Belize

A whale that is rarely spotted in Belize is the orca or killer whale. But if you are extremely lucky, you may see one when you’re there.

https://youtu.be/8o0Q75lCFfA
Orca Belize

Dolphins in Belize

One of the most common sightings of any whale in Belize would be dolphins. In Belize  you are likely to see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, which are found in the open ocean and around the inshore coastal lagoons. The other types of dolphin encountered in Belize are the spinner dolphin and the Atlantic spotted dolphin.

swimming with dolphins in Belize – scuba dive at Turneffe Atoll in Belize

In the following video of dolphins in Belize, you will see Atlantic Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Atlantic Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins – Belize – April 6, 2021

Humpback whales in Belize

Whilst extremely rare to see humpback whales in Belize, the video below shows that they do occasionally visit Belizean waters. It is a shame that the following humpback whale died in the end, which is extremely sad.

A Humpback Whale Dies After Being Trapped in Gill Net – Belize

The whale that’s not a whale in Belize – the whale shark

When you look for if there are whales in Belize, the whale shark pops up in the search results. But of course a whale shark is actually not a whale, it’s a fish, but a very large fish…hence its name.

The following video is of a whale shark encounter in Belize.

Dive Belize – Whale sharks

I hope you enjoyed this article about are there whales in Belize

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about are there whales in Belize), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Are There Whales In Belize?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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