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Dall’s Porpoise

Dall’s Porpoise

Dall’s Porpoise Phocoenoides dalli

This porpoise is one of the two small porpoises seen on the BC coast. But they are different looking from the Harbour Porpoise in that they have white patches on their sides and fin. They are up to 2.2 m long and up to 220 kg. The are dark grey to black with white patches but no eye patches. They have a triangular dorsal fin that can be quite white. They have no beak and are very fast, often swimming in the bow waves of ships. They eat small schooling fishes like capelin, sardines and herring and squid.  They do most of their feeding at night.

 

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