Dall’s Porpoise

Dall's Porpoise

Photo: NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center

  • Scientific Name: Phocoenoides dalli
  • Length: 7 – 8 feet
  • Weight:  290 – 490 pounds
  • Population in Alaska: 83,400
  • Status: Protected under the MMPA
  • Description: Dark grey or black body with variable contrasting white panels.   Relatively small, triangular head with little or no beak and a thick, robust body.  Small, round flippers located forward on the body.  Triangular dorsal fin located in the middle of the body, which often angles forwards.  Pronounced hump on the tail stock and keel.  Social, usually found in groups of 2 to 20 individuals.  Create a “rooster tail” of water spray when surfacing quickly.
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