Fraser’s Dolphin

Two wild Fraser dolphins jumping out of the water

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusLagenodelphis
Binomial nameLagenodelphis hosei

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

Fraser’s dolphin is named after Francis Charles Fraser; a cetologist, found a skeleton in the British Museum. They grow from 6.6-8.9ft (2-2.7m), with a weight of 290-460 lb.

Some Fraser’s dolphin has a mask, with a distinctive pinkish underside to their body and jaw. They have a bluish-gray or brownish-gray upperside, with a dark band running along the face.

They are generally seen in large schools of 50-100, although herds of several thousand have been spotted.