Lagenorhynchus albirostris

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.