Fauna of the Balearic Sea

The Balearic Sea is very rich in species, but the number of representatives of these species is small. 

Common fish in the Balearic Sea

There is extensive commercial fishing in the Balearic Sea, mainly for scomber, clupea, anchovy, tuna, mullet, sebastes and trachurus, as well as shark.

Molluscs of the Balearic Sea

The Balearic Sea is home to many molluscs: squid, crab, octopus and achelata.

Mammals of the Balearic Sea

The Bolear Sea is home to many cetaceans including whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is home to the fin whale, short-beaked dolphin, long-finned pilot whale, Risso's dolphin, orca, false killer whale, striped dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, sperm whale and Cuvier's beaked whale.

Sharks of the Balearic Sea 

The Bolear Sea is home to almost all sharks including Great white shark, but Blue shark, Tiger shark and Bull shark are more common. Although shark attacks in general are very rare here.

Sea turtle of the Balearic Sea

Loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles can be found throughout the Balearic Sea.



Achelata

Achelata

     Achelata are members of the Decapoda order of crayfish (Decapoda). The body leng..

Clupea

Clupea

     Clupea is a genus of fish in the family Clupeidae. Length is usually 33-35 cm, r..

Common bottlenose dolphin

Common bottlenose dolphin

Latin nameTursiops truncatusOther namesAtlantic bottlenose dolphinIdentificationThe moderately devel..

Crabs

Crabs

     An infraorder of ten-legged crustaceans living in salt and fresh water.   ..

Mullet

Mullet

Latin name Mugil cephalus, Mugil curema Other names Striped mullet, white mullet, flathead g..

Octopus

Octopus

     Latin Octōpoda, from Ancient Greek ὀκτώ "eight" and πούς "foot".     ..

Orca

Orca

Latin nameOrcinus orcaOther namesKiller whaleIdentificationThe Latin orca is thought to derive from ..

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Latin nameGrampus griseusOther namesGrampus griseusIdentificationRisso's dolphin lacks the typical b..

Shark, Blue

Shark, Blue

Latin name Prionace glauca Other names Bluedog, great blue shark, blue whaler. Identification T..

Shark, Bull

Shark, Bull

Latin name Carcharhinus leucas Other names Freshwater whaler, river whaler. Identification The ..

Shark, Sand Tiger

Shark, Sand Tiger

Latin name Carcharias taurus Other names Sand Tiger shark Identification It has a grayish-brown..

Shark, White

Shark, White

Latin name Carcharodon carcharias Other names White pointer, white death, man-eater, great white ..

Sharks

Sharks

Identification Like all fish, sharks are vertebrates, but ichthyologists separate them from most bo..

Squid

Squid

     Squid (Teuthida) is a subdivision of the class Cephalopoda. The body is elongate..

Striped dolphin

Striped dolphin

Latin nameStenella coeruleoalbaOther namesEuphrosyne dolphinIdentificationIt is distinguished from o..

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