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Black Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) aka Chilean dolphin

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: cephalorhynchus
SPECIES: eutropia

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Coastal water off Chile.

LENGTH (maximum): 5-6 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 126-140 Lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Heaveside’s dolphin, Commerson’s dolphin.

OTHER NAMES: Black Dolphin

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Commerson’s dolphin, Burmeister’s Porpoise.

PREDATORS: Humans

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

THREATS: Occasionally caught in nets and then used for fish bait or human consumption. Their habitat is also threatened by salmon aquaculture facilities.

DIET: Small schooling fish such as sardines and anchovies. As well as squid and crustaceans.

MANNER OF FEEDING: Often seen playing with young salmon that have escaped or been released from salmon hatcheries.

BEHAVIOR: Strong and agile swimmers. Usually in groups of 2-3 but can be seen in groups of up to 50. In the southern channels they avoid boats, in the north they like to follow ships and bow ride.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD: 

  • Was named the Black Dolphin because scientists had only observed dead specimens that had darkened in color.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002
  • http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/c_eutropia/c_eutropia.html

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