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Southern Right Whale Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Lissodelphis peronii
Length:
1.8 - 2.9 m (5.9 - 9.5 ft)
Weight:
60 - 100 kg (132 - 220 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Squid, fish and octopus

Physical characteristics

Has a slender body with no dorsal fin. Is colored black on the upperside and white on the bottom.

Behavioral characterization

Known to be a fast, graceful swimmer and to continuously leap out of the water.

Distribution

Cold currents in western and southern coasts of Africa

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Sharks

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Migrate to the Antarctic during summer.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of up to 50, but occasionally in larger groups with maximum of 1,000 individuals.

Major threats

Entanglement in fishing gear.

Research efforts

Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP)

Fun fact

It is the only finless dolphin in the southern hemisphere.