If you are visiting Indonesia, and in particular if you are going scuba diving whilst you’re there, you might be asking what whales and marine mammals are found in Indonesia?
There are whales and mammals in Indonesia including blue whales, Bryde’s whales, dolphins, melon-headed whales, orca (killer whales), pigmy blue whales, pilot whales sperm whales and humpback whales. But there are also dugongs in Indonesia, which are mammals but not whales.
Whale sharks are also found in Indonesia which are not whales nor mammals.
The following article includes at least one video of each of the whales encountered in Indonesia, as per the following list of whales and mammals:
- Blue whales
- Bryde’s whales.
- Melon-headed whales.
- Orca (killer whales).
- Pigmy blue whales.
- Pilot whales.
- Sperm whales.
- Humpback whales.
Either before or after reading about whales and marine mammals found in Indonesia, you might like to take a look at Indonesian liveaboards in the following table:
Blue whales in Indonesia
The blue whale (Balaenoptera Musculus) is the largest marine mammal you’ll find in Indonesia and is a baleen whale. The blue whale can grow to just under 30 meters (100 feet) in length.
Here’s a blue whale underwater scuba diving in Indonesia:
Bryde’s Whales in Indonesia
The Bryde’s whale is a baleen whale and belongs to the same group of whales as blue whales and humpback whales. The Bryde’s whale can been found in Indonesia.
Dolphins in Indonesia
Dolphins are often spotted in Indonesia on the surface, which include spinner, spotted and bottle-nosed dolphins.
Melon-headed whales in Indonesia
The melon-headed whale (Peponocephala Electra), which is also known as the electra dolphin or little killer whale. The melon headed whale is a medium sized toothed whale can be found in Indonesia.
Orca (killer whales) in Indonesia
Orcas (killer whales) are only very rarely spotted in Indonesia, but you may be lucky and spot one out on your dive boat or Indonesian Liveaboard.
Pygmy Blue Whales in Indonesia
The pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera Musculus Brevicauda) is a subspecies of the blue whale, which can found in the Indian Ocean and Indonesia.
Pilot Whales in Indonesia
Pilot whales are medium sized cetaceans, and there are two extant species of pilot whale, which are the long-finned pilot whale and the short-finned pilot. It is the short-finned pilot whale that is mostly found in Indonesian waters.
Sperm whales in Indonesia
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are found off the coast of Indonesia and are the largest of the toothed whales, but also the largest toothed predator on the planet.
An unfortunate sight of stranded sperm whales on Indonesian beach:
Dugongs in Indonesia
If you are lucky, you might spot a friendly dugong when snorkeling or diving in Indonesia. The dugong mostly eats seagrass around the coastline of Indonesia.
Finally, a video of dolphins and whales (cetaceans) in Indonesia.
Humpback whales in Indonesia
If you are very lucky, you may even get to see a humpback whale when you visit Indonesia. Humpback whale sightings are rare in Indonesia, but they do migrate to the area.
The following video shows a breaching humpback whale see by customers on the Nyaman Catamaran liveaboard.
The whale that’s not a whale in Indonesia – the whale shark
When you search for whales in Indonesia, the whale shark pops up in the search results. But of course a whale shark is actually not a whale nor is it a mammal, it’s a fish, but a very large fish…hence its name.
The following video is of a whale shark encounter in Indonesia.
I hope you enjoyed this article about whales and marine mammals found in Indonesia
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