Lagenorhynchus acutus

Range & Status

This species inhabits cool temperate and sub-arctic waters of the North Atlantic, occurring over a large part of the northern European continental shelf. It is common in UK and Irish waters, with the greatest concentrations in the central and northern North Sea across to north-west Scotland. It also occurs occasionally in southern Ireland, the Irish Sea and the western Channel. (UK Biodiversity Group, 1999.)


Recorded in the region in 1970 (1), 1974 (4), 1981 (1), 1984 (1), 1994 (3), 2003 (1).


No sightings of this species are recorded.


It is listed as of Least Concern. (Hammond et al ., 2008. Lagenorhynchus acutus . In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 18 March 2009.) It is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and is protected under ASCOBANS and the Bonn Convention. A UK Biodiversity Grouped Plan species.