Northern Right Whale Dolphin

(Lissodelphis borealis)

Identification

Size

  • to a maximum of 3 m

Colour

  • mostly black, with white on the belly and the tip of the beak

Dorsal fin

  • no dorsal fin (the most distinctive feature of this dolphin)

 

Blow

  • small and bushy

Surface behaviour

  • porpoising is very common

Group size / social behaviour

  • extremely social, usually in large groups of 200 – 2000 animals

 

Other characteristics

  • has relatively small pectoral fins that are held very close to the body, giving the appearance that it has no fins at all.
  • body is very sleek and streamlined

Can be confused with

  • due to its lack of dorsal fin and black coloration, the northern right whale dolphin should not be confused with any other species.

Notes

  • often seen in association with Pacific white-sided dolphins
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