The majestic whales of Northern Europe are a wonder to behold, and a testament to the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the natural world. These magnificent creatures have captured the imagination of people around the globe, with their graceful movements and haunting songs calling out across the vast expanses of the ocean. Now you can take them home with you!
The waters off the coasts of Northern Europe, especially Norway are home to a wide variety of whale and dolphin species, including the magnificent humpback whale, the mighty sperm whale, and the gentle minke whale. These creatures migrate to these waters each year, drawn by the rich abundance of krill and other small marine creatures that form the basis of their diet.
About this Scandinavian whale poster
This poster is our tribute to these graceful giants and their natural place in our world. It is featuring a total of 21 different whale and dolphin species that are found in Scandinavian water as far North as Spitsbergen Each whale is identified by their English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish name, as well as their scientific name.
List of featured whales & dolphins
1. Harbour porpoise | Schweinswal | Nise | Vanlig Tumlare | Pyöriäinen | (Phocoena phocoena)
2. Pilot whale | Grindwal | Grindhval | Grindval | Pitkäeväpallopää | (Globicephala melas)
3. Common dolphin | Gemeine Delfin | Gulflankedelfin | Sadeldelfin | Delfiini | (Delphinus delphis)
4. Bottlenose dolphin | Großer Tümmler | Tumler | Öresvin | Pullokuonodelfiini | (Tursiops truncatus)
5. White beaked dolphin | Weißschnauzendelfin | Kvitnos | Vitnos | Valkokuonodelfiini | (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)
6. White sided dolphin | Weißseitendelfin | Kvitskjeving | Vitsiding | Valkokuvedelfiini | (Lagenorhynchus acutus)
7. Bottelnose whale | Nördliche Entenwal | Nebbhval | Nordlig näbbval | Pohjoisenpullokuonovalas | (Hyperoodon ampullatus)
8. Orca | Schwertwal | Spekkhogger | Späckhuggare | Miekkavalas | (Orcinus orca)
9. Risso’s dolphin | Rundkopfdelfin | Arrdelfin | Rissos delfin | Rissondelfiini | (Grampus griseus)
10. Humpback whale | Buckelwal | Knølhval | Knölval | Ryhävalas | (Megaptera novaeangliae)
11. Sei whale | Seiwal | Seihval | Sejval | Seitivalas | (Balaenoptera borealis)
12. North Atlantic right whale | Atlantischer Nordkaper | Nordkaper | Nordkapare | Mustavalas | (Eubalaena glacialis)
13. Fin whale | Finnwal | Finnhval | Sillval | Sillivalas | (Balaenoptera physalus)
14. Common minke whale | Minkwal | Vågehval | Vikval | (Balaenoptera acutorostrata
15. Sperm whale | Pottwal (Physeter macrocephalus | Spermhval | Kaskelot | Kaskelotti | (Physeter macrocephalus)
16. Sowerby’s beaked whale | Sowerby-Zweizahnwal | Nordspisshval | Sowerbys näbbval | Kaksihammasvalas | (Mesoplodon bidens)
17. Cuvier’s beaked whale | Cuvier-Schnabelwal | Blekhodenebbhval | Småhuvudval | Hanhennokkavalas | (Ziphius cavirostris)
18. Bowhead whale | Grönlandwal | Grønlandshval | Grönlandsval | Grönlanninvalas | (Balaena mysticetus)
19. Beluga whale | Weißwal | Hvithval | Vitval | Maitovalas | (Delphinapterus leucas)
20. Narwhal | Narwal | Narhval | Narval | Sarvivalas | (Monodon monoceros)
21. Blue whale | Blauwal | Blåhval | Blåval | Sinivalas | (Balaenoptera musculus)
Whale watching in Norway
Whale watching is a popular activity in Norway, and for good reason. There are few sights more awe-inspiring than catching a glimpse of one of these massive creatures breaching the surface of the water, or hearing their haunting songs echoing through the waves. However, it’s important to approach these creatures with respect and caution, and to avoid any actions that might disturb or harm them. Learn how to encounter them on your own!
This Scandinavian whale poster is part of our “digital foraging series”, which aims to explore and uncover the vast and untapped world of digital information.
Personally, I perceive the pursuit of historical depictions of marine life, fungi, birds, wild fruits or other related subjects as digital foraging, entailing extensive searches across scientific databases and centuries-old records.
With an almost limitless array of historic images and resources available online, the possibilities for creative and informative works of art are nearly endless. This whale poster is a stunning example of what can be achieved through digital foraging, combining detailed illustrations and accurate scientific information to create a beautiful and educational work of art.
Unfortunately it takes much more than just a quick search to get the results you see here. It takes days of research, technical know-how and a keen eye to find the right images, in the right resolution, and format. And that’s just the beginning. The real work starts with processing, restoring and manipulating the images to create something new and unique. So make no mistake, there are serious hours invested in such an endeavor.