Habitat destruction and commercial trade have    Roger Hooper / WWF-Canon


Cetaceans play an important role in maintaining ecosystem health and fisheries. They usually prey mainly on old and ill fish, which means they fight infectious diseases among fish populations and ensure the reproduction of fisheries resources.

It has been proved in many studies that the elimination of top predators in marine systems has negative, cascading effects for the entire ecosystem.

Key Facts

  • Common Name


  • English Name,Scientific Name

    Blue Whale,Balaenoptera musculus

    Bryde,s Whale, Balaenoptera edeni

    Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae

    Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus

    Cuvier Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris

    Killer Whale, Orcinus orca

    Indopacific Humpback dolphin, Sousa chinensis

    Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops sp

    Spinner Dolphin, Stenella longirostris

    Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata

    Long Beaked Common Dolphin, Delphinus capensis tropicalis

    Risso,s Dolphin, Grumpus griseus

    Finless Porpoise,Neophocaena phocaenoides

  • Length

    The cetaceans are as small as finless porpoise( 1.9 meter) and as big as blue whale ( 27 meter)

  • Habitat

    Coastal and offshore pelagic water


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Cetaceans William W. Rossiter WWF-Canon
William W. Rossiter WWF-Canon

Cetaceans play an important role in balancing aquatic ecosystem, but at the same time face environmental threats which include by-catch, pollution, habitat degradation, climate change and ship/vessels strikes.

What is WWF-Pakistan doing?

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Cetaceans Morten Lindhard / WWF-Canon
Morten Lindhard / WWF-Canon
WWF-Pakistan aims to protect endangered cetaceans and conserve hotspot areas of Pakistani waters.

What you can do to help?

    1. Create awareness for protection and conservation of cetaceans
    2. Involve community members and CBOs in conservation initiatives
    3. Restoration of cetaceans habitats and engage media to highlight cetacean issues

Relevant Projects

An Assessment of Cetacean Mortality in Tuna Gillnet Fisheries of Pakistan and Sindh