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					Fact Sheet - Dall’s Porpoise
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Mammals (air breathing animal which has hair at some stage of development, maintains a constant body temperature, bears their young live and suckle their babies)



                                                                                                   Behaviors:
                                                                                                    Does not jump often, raises head out of the water creating a
                                                                                                      “rooster tail” or “splash cone” of spray
                                                                                                    Most common species to ride bow waves

                                                                                                   Predators: humans, orcas, sometimes sharks when porpoise
Identification:
                                                                                                              is sick or very young.
 black with white “sidewalls”
 pronounced dorsal kink.                                                                          Other names: “broken tail” (known to Quillayutes / Makahs)
 white tipped dorsal fin and flukes
 “rooster tail” splashes                                                                          Perhaps: the fastest of all small cetaceans

Seen: in groups of two - ten                                                                       Gestation: 10 months/annual breeders

                    Males                          Females                                       Newborn:
Length              193 cm (average)               202 cm (max)                                   39 inches (100 cm) (3 ft)
                    6 ft 4 inches                  6 ft 7.5 inches                                Calving season peaks first week in July in Central North
                                                                                                     Pacific
Weight              190 kg (average)               183 kg (max)
                    419 lbs                        403 lbs                                       Location: found throughout the North Pacific

Teeth: small (tiny)/spade-shaped 23 - 27 pair in each jaw                                          Lifespan:
                                                                                                    <15 years. “Live fast, die young”
Food: squid, herring and sand lance                                                                 Average lifespan for females is 3 - 4 years
                                                                                                    Average lifespan for males is 3 - 4.5 years
Sounds: burst of clicks/whistles above human hearing

Any questions or comments? Contact The Whale Museum PO Box 945 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4710
DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES, Richard Ellis, 1989, p. 118, 191, 205/A GUIDE TO MARINE MAMMALS OF GREATER PUGET SOUND, Osborne, Calambokidis, Dorsey, 1988.
Quote by Rich Ferrero with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA




Fact Sheet Designed by Nancy Hunter PO Box 54344 Redondo, WA 98054
Fact Sheet - Dall’s Porpoise
_______________________________________________________________________
Mammals (air breathing animal which has hair at some stage of development, maintains a constant body temperature, bears their young live and suckle their babies)


                            Pacific Oceanic Waters                                                             Pacific Northwest Inland Waters - Salish Sea
                                                                                                                             (Puget Sound)




Any questions or comments? Contact The Whale Museum PO Box 945 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4710
DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES, Richard Ellis, 1989, p. 118, 191, 205/A GUIDE TO MARINE MAMMALS OF GREATER PUGET SOUND, Osborne, Calambokidis, Dorsey, 1988.
Quote by Rich Ferrero with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA




Fact Sheet Designed by Nancy Hunter PO Box 54344 Redondo, WA 98054
Fact Sheet - Dall’s Porpoise
_______________________________________________________________________
Mammals (air breathing animal which has hair at some stage of development, maintains a constant body temperature, bears their young live and suckle their babies)




Any questions or comments? Contact The Whale Museum PO Box 945 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-4710
DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES, Richard Ellis, 1989, p. 118, 191, 205/A GUIDE TO MARINE MAMMALS OF GREATER PUGET SOUND, Osborne, Calambokidis, Dorsey, 1988.
Quote by Rich Ferrero with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA




Fact Sheet Designed by Nancy Hunter PO Box 54344 Redondo, WA 98054

				
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