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Chilean Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Cephalorhynchus eutropia
Length:
1.7 m (5.6 ft)
Weight:
60 kg (132 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
Crustaceans, cephalopods and fish

Physical characteristics

They are metallic grey and pale on the underside. They are often seen with many scars.

Behavioral characterization

The northern population is known to bow-ride.

Distribution

Along the coast of South America, sometimes enters estuaries/rivers

Population size

In the low thousands.

Predators

Chilean dolphins are agile and fast swimmers. Natural predation on Chilean dolphins has not been observed, but they may fall prey to sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Observations suggest there is no migration, but individuals have not been identified to confirm this.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of 2 - 10, but occasionally gather in larger groups; often seen together with Commerson's dolphins.

Major threats

They are often taken for shark bait. Entanglement in fishing gear and boat traffic disturbance are also known to be risks.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Also known as the Chilean black dolphin, it is one in four species of black dolphin in the world.