Dall’s Porpoise

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyPhocoenidae
GenusPhocoenoides
Binomial namePhocoenoides dalli

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The Dall’s porpoise is a very fast swimmer, will bow-ride alongside a ship, but rarely breaches from the water. They grow from 5.6-7.9ft (1.7-2.4m) and weigh between 300-400 lb.

They have a small, stocky shape, with black and white markings. This species has a white edge to their dorsal fin, which is in the center of their dorsal.

They can be seen in Alaska, Aleutian Island, San Juan, Olympic Coast, Vancouver Island, California and Baja California.