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Heaviside’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: Cephalorhynchus
SPECIES: heavisidii

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Southwestern coast of Africa

LENGTH (maximum): 5-6 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 165 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Chilean dolphin

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Striped dolphin, frasier’s dolphin

PREDATORS: Humans

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: Caught in nets, occasionally harpooned for food.

DIET: Coastal fish, squid and octopus.

MANNER OF FEEDING: Feed on prey near the ocean bottom.

BEHAVIOR: Travel in groups of 20-30. Likes to leap straight up in the air. Likes to do somersaults and follow ships.

REPRODUCTION: Most calving occurs in the summer.

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • Very rare, and not much is known about them.
  • Very small with no pronounced beak.

SOURCES:

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

 

-TSF-

 
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