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Harbour Porpoise

Harbour Porpoise


Harbour Porpoise


The size of a Harbour Porpoise compared to an average human
The size of a Harbour Porpoise
compared to an average human

Harbour Porpoise Range Map (N Pacific, N Atlantic & Black Sea)
Harbour Porpoise Range Map
(N Pacific, N Atlantic & Black Sea)
Latin Name Phocoena phocoena
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location N Pacific, N Atlantic & Black Sea
Colour Black or Dark Grey
Length 1.4 - 2 m (4.5 - 6.5 ft)
Weight 50 - 90 Kg (110 - 200 lbs)
Life Expectancy 12 Yrs

Main Characteristics


The Harbour Porpoise is one of the smallest ocean mammals. They are between 1.4 and 2 m (4.5 - 6.5 ft) in length and they weigh between 50 and 90 kgs (110 - 200 lbs). They are black or dark grey in colour with a cream/white underside.

Habitat

Harbour Porpoise can be found in the north Pacific, north Atlantic and the Black Sea. They tend to stay around coastal waters and river estuaries.

Diet

Harbour porpoise mainly feed on small fish, particularly herring, capelin and sprat.

Breeding

Harbour Porpoise produce a single calf that is cared for by its mother for up to 12 months.

Predators

Predators of Harbour Porpoise include bottlenosed dolphins, large sharks, killer whales and humans.

Subspecies

Subspecies of the Harbour Porpoise are:

North Atlantic Harbor Porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena phocoena)

Black Sea Harbor Porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena relicta)

Eastern North Pacific Harbor Porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena vomerina)

Interesting Facts

Harbour Porpoise are also known as:
Harbor Porpoise
Common Porpoise
Puffing Pigs

Similar Animals

Vaquita
Dall's Porpoise
Finless Porpoise
Spectacled Porpoise
Burmeister's Porpoise
 


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