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Dall's Porpoise of Alaska

C: Mammals } O: Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises } F: Porpoise } G: Phocoenoides } S: Dall's Porpoise

Common Name: Dall's Porpoise
Latin: Phocoenoides dalli

Alaska Range Map

Habitat of Dall's Porpoise in Alaska

Description

Dall's Porpoise somewhat resemble mini-orca's, growing to a mature size of up to 8ft in length weighing in under 500lbs. They live an average of 15-20 years. A key feature is their white-sided dorsal fin. They're considered the fastest swimmers in their family reaching speeds of up to 30 knots (34mph).

Dall's porpoise have been known to mate with harbor porpoises.

Diet & Habitat

Dall's porpoise eat anchovies, herring, hake, smelts, squid, octopus, and occasionally crabs and shrimp.

They can be found in Alaskan salt water south of the mid-Bering Sea.