Temperate Oceans Animals

Finless Porpoise
Finless Porpoise
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Mollusks
Order: Cetacea: Whales
Size: 1.4 - 1.8 m (4 1/2 - 6 ft)
Family: Phocoenidae: Porpoises Conservation Status: Data deficient (Yangtze River subpopulation is endangered)
Scientific Name: Neophocaena phocaenoides Habitat: coasts, estuaries, rivers
Range: East and Southeast Asia: Pakistan to Borneo and Korea; Yangtze River, Eastern China Sea

Size of Finless PorpoiseThe finless porpoise is different from other porpoises in that it has a prominent, rounded forehead, which gives the appearance of a slight beak, and a ridge of small rounded projections just behind where the dorsal fin should be. Finless porpoises dive for less than a minute in search of prey and are quick and agile in the water. They feed largely on crustaceans, squid and fish and are skillful echolocators. Although finless porpoises generally move in pairs, groups of up to 10 are sometimes seen. Little is known of their breeding behavior, but young calves travel clinging to the projections on their mothers' backs.

Range of Finless Porpoise
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