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Dall's Porpoise Phocoenoides dalli


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Dall's Porpoise
credit: NancyHeise

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Family: Phocoenidae, Porpoises view all from this family

Description Unique blunt-faced porpoise boldly patterned with black and white. Fluke and dorsal fin also colored with black and white. Male is slightly larger and has a hump behind dorsal fin. Female has a black trident pattern in genital area.

Dimensions 1.8-2.3m, 84-114kg

Habitat Offshore waters

Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska

Discussion Active and unpredictable swimmer, frequently creates “rooster tail” splashes. Common in the Pacific.