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Peale’s Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Lagenorhynchus australis
Length:
male: 2.2 m (7.2 ft); female: 2.1 m (6.9 ft)
Weight:
115 kg (250 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Fish, squid, octopus and shrimp

Physical characteristics

Has a small beak and is colored grey-black on the top, lighter at the flanks with a white-grey patch. Has a black double eye-ring on the snout and the ventral side behind the throat patch is white.

Behavioral characterization

Seen to bow-ride large vessels and to swim along with smaller ones. Sometimes they leap out of the water and is occasionally seen playing surf with Risso's dolphin.

Distribution

Cool, coastal waters of southern South America

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of 5 - 20.

Major threats

They get entangled in fishing gear, especially at the coast of Argentina and are hunted to be used as crab baits in Chile.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They are seen frequenly in kelp beds. Sometimes they are confused with dusky dolphins.