Dall’s Porpoise Facts

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Dall’s Porpoise Facts…

Dall's Porpoise
Dall’s Porpoise by GregTheBusker cc2.0

In general, porpoises tend to be confused with dolphins, but with its black and white coloring, the Dall’s porpoise is likely to be confused with only one kind of dolphin: the killer whale. It is named after the American naturalist W. H. Dall, and is found in the north Pacific Ocean. The Dall’s porpoise also shares another trait with the killer whale: they are tied for speed, both reported to be able to reach 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour.

Dall's porpoise at market in Japan
Dall’s porpoise at market in Japan. Image credit: Campaign Whale cc2.0

It is not very particular about its food, feeding on everything from squid to sardines. Killer whales and white sharks prey on the Dall’s porpoise. They are also susceptible to certain parasites. Many are killed by accidentally getting caught in salmon fishing nets, which can cause them to drown, and they’re also hunted in their own right for their meat.

Dall’s Porpoises are featured in the following book:
25 Whales, Dolphins and other Sea Mammals




The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Dall’s Porpoises. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Dall’s Porpoise by KnikValley
  2. THE BERING SEA SUBMARINE ADVENTURES – Dall’s porpoise by greenpeaceusa
  3. SOUTHEAST ALASKA DALL’S PORPOISE – DANCING IN WATER by windham666
  4. Dalls Porpoise 2007 by orcagirl
  5. Alaska Dall’s Porpoise Encounter by wildsident

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