Learn

Western North Pacific Harbor Porpoise


Scientific Name:
Phocena phocena
Length:
Males: 1.45 m (4.75 ft), Females: 1.6 m (5.25 ft)
Weight:
Males: 50 kg (110 lbs), Females: 60 kg (132 lbs female)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

Short and stocky body with dark gray dorsal side and a lighter gray/white belly. They also have a dark stripe from their mouth to flippers.

Behavioral characterization

Shy and elusive, often stays away from boats. They are not always visible at the surface and are not known for bow riding. Sometimes they bask on calm days.

Distribution

Found in the Northern hemisphere in cold temperate and subarctic waters. As an inshore species, they prefer shallow coastal waters. Have been observed in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Black Sea.

Population size

unknown

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The subspecies of harbor porpoise are based on the differences in their skulls.