Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) aka Snubfin Dolphin



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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: Orcaella
SPECIES: brevirostris


FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater, brakish or freshwater

HABITAT: Rivers and shallow coastal waters in Southeastern Asia, Indonesia and North Australia

LENGTH (maximum): 7-8 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 290 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Looks similar to a Beluga, but is more closely related to other dolphins such as Bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific Hump-Back dolphin.

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Finless Porpoise, Ganges and Indus River Dolphins, bottlenose dolphins


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

THREATS: Direct and incidental catch, pollution, tourism, dams, habitat degradation

DIET: Squid, shrimp, herring, poyfish, etc.

MANNER OF FEEDING: Spitting water at fish to herd them. Sometimes they work alongside fisherman to help one another catch fish.

BEHAVIOR: Travel in groups of 7-10. Sluggish. Often spit water out of the surface, but only in freshwater. Often seen spyhopping, breaching, rolling on their sides waving their flippers.

REPRODUCTION: 14-month gestation

LIFE SPAN: 30 years


  • One of few dolphins that live in freshwater and saltwater.
  • Natives believe they are reincarnated people sent to rescue people that are drowning.
  • Unique partnership with fisherman.
  • Highly endangered.


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