Cetacean species present in Greece
Greek waters still harbour a remarkable richness of cetacean fauna compared to the rest of the Mediterranean. At least six are the cetaceans species present year-round: striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) (hereafter bottlenose dolphin), short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus).
Bottlenose dolphins because of their primarily coastal distribution are probably those more negatively affected in numerous ways by anthropogenic impacts such as, incidental mortality in fishing gear, prey depletion caused by overfishing, boat disturbance, pollution and habitat degradation. There are indications that the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) could be also resident, with the porpoise being the most likely.
Cetacean Species Commonly Occurring in the Greek Seas
Cetacean Species Rarely Occurring in the Greek Seas and Around
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Greece, 2010-2015. Initiative for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Greece, Athens. 55 pp.