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Hourglass Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Lagenorhynchus cruciger
Length:
1.6 m (5.2 ft)
Weight:
90 - 120 kg (200 - 265 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Fish, squid and crustaceans

Physical characteristics

The body is small and robust with bold and distinct black and white colorations.

Behavioral characterization

They are commonly found jumping, leaping and propelling themselves out of the air.

Distribution

Between South America and the Macquarie Island

Population size

140,000

Predators

No predation observed; possibly killer whales and sharks.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They migrate to northern waters in the winter.

Social system/Group size

Mostly seen in groups of up to 14.

Major threats

No major threats. Entanglement in fishing gear happens very rarely.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The hourglass dolphin is sometimes refered to as a sea cow because of its black and white markings.