Ad

Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Get your copy of "Albert the Orca Teaches Echolocation to The Super Fins" beginning March 2017 at TheSuperFins.com.
Get your copy of “Albert the Orca Teaches Echolocation to The Super Fins” beginning March 2017 at TheSuperFins.com.

PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: Lagenorhynchus
SPECIES: obscurus

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Coastal and shelf waters off South America, southwest Africa and southern Australia.

LENGTH (maximum): 5-7 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 170-190 lbs

 

RELATIVE SPECIES: Peale’s dolphin, hourglass dolphin, White-sided dolphins, Hourglass dolphin

 

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Peale’s dolphin, Hourglass dolphin

PREDATORS: Humans, killer Whales

This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: Accidental catch in nets, hunting by the Japanese and noise disturbance from vessels.

DIET: Anchovies, squid, small fish

MANNER OF FEEDING: A group of dolphins will herd a school of fish near the surface. At night they will rest on the bottom and prey on vertical traveling fish and cephalopods.

BEHAVIOR: Seen in groups of 15-100 and sometimes up to groups of 500. High energy. Display somersaults and body slams. Likes to follow boats and bow-ride. Often seen with other species of dolphins.

REPRODUCTION: Calves are born in the spring or summer. Gestation is 11-13 months.

LIFE SPAN: 35 years or more

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • In New-Zealand dusky dolphins will swim with tourists during swim with wild dolphin programs.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002

 

-TSF-

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

FacebooktwitterpinterestFacebooktwitterpinterest