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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Lagenorhynchus albirostris - White-beaked Dolphin

Range & Status

This species occurs over a large part of the northern European continental shelf, its

distribution extending northwards to Iceland, the Greenland Sea and central-west

Greenland. It is common in UK and Irish waters, most often seen in the central and

northern North Sea to north-west Scotland and is present throughout the year in northern British waters. It also occurs less frequently in southern Ireland, the western Channel, and the Irish Sea but is seldom seen south of Britain. (UK Biodiversity Group, 1999.) (WDCS, 2008).


Eight single strandings recorded in the region: 1972 (1), 1976 (1), 1977 (1), 1980 (1), 1982 (1), 1985 (1), 1999 (1), 2002 (1).


No sightings of this species are recorded.


Listed as of Least Concern. (Hammond et al ., 2008a. Lagenorhynchus albirostris . In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 18 March 2009.) A UK Biodiversity Grouped Plan species.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.