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Porpoise Photos Showing This Cetacean Related to Dolphin and Whales

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Porpoises are not dolphins even though many people use the term interchangeably. They are marine cetacean mammals related to the whales and the dolphin. The term cetacean includes all known species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The origins of the name come from the Latin porcopiscus meaning sea-pig. They are the smallest of the cetaceans, ranging from 5 feet to 8 feet. Porpoises have a very refined system of echolocation which enables them to navigate and hunt for food in restricted visibility. There are six different species of porpoise: Burmeister's porpoise, Phocoena spinipinnis; Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli; Finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides; Harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena; Spectacled porpoise, Australophocaena dioptrica; and Vaquita Porpoise, Phocoena sinus. They can be found in oceans, shallow waters and estuaries in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, where they feed on squid, octopus, shrimp and fish. The porpoise has a blunt snout, many teeth, which are flattened and spade shaped as distinct from the dolphin’s conical teeth, and a triangular dorsal fin. The porpoise is smaller and stouter than dolphins with small, rounded heads and blunt jaws instead of beaks. Porpoises do not have the round bulbous bump on the head that dolphins do. They are less likely than dolphins to approach humans, and are rarely kept in captivity as they do not adapt to life in tanks or to “training”.

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White's picture of harbor porpoise in Denmark picture of finless porpoise picture of harbor porpoise underwater picture of Dalls porpoise underwater

Picture of harbor, also know as common, porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, Fjord Beltcenter, Kerteminde, Denmark

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Image of finless porpoises, Neophocaena phocaenoides, Indo-Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, North Atlantic

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Picture of Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, North Pacific

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Picture of finless porpoise eating fish from trainers hand picture of Dalls porpoise caught in driftnet Dalls porpoise tail splash Alaska picture of finless porpoises in China

Photo of finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, feeding on a dead fish off its trainer's hand, Indo-Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, in driftnet, Bering Sea, North Pacific Ocean

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Image of Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, with characteristic rooster tail splash, Icy Strait, Alaska

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Picture of finless porpoises, Neophocaena phocaenoides, China

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picture of harbor popoise in Boston Harbor picture of harbor porpoise illustration picture of vaquita porpoise illustration picture of Burmeisters porpoise illustration

Picture of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, North Atlantic Ocean

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Image of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, lateral view, pen and ink illustration.

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Image of vaquita porpoise, Phocoena sinus, illustration

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Picture of Burmeister's porpoise, Phocoena spinipinnis, illustration

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picture of Dalls porpoise illustration picture of finless porpoise illustration picture of harbor porpoise illustration picture of spectacled porpoise illustration

Image of Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, illustration

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Picture of finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, illustration

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Image of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, illustration

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Picture of spectacled porpoise, Phoca dioptrica, illustration

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White's picture of harbor porpoise in Norway picture of finless porpoise picture of Dalls porpoises bow riding picture of killer whale tossing a Dalls porpoise

Picture of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, Sognefjord, Norway

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Image of finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, Indo-Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of adult Dall's porpoises, Phocoenoides dalli, bow riding in Southeast Alaska. Dall's porpoise is one of the fastest cetaceans in the world

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Picture of transient killer whale, Orcinus orca, tossing a Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, in the air before feeding on it, Chatham Strait, Alaska, North Pacific Ocean

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picture of Dalls porpoises roostertail splash picture of Dalls porpoises bow riding picture of aquarium visitor watching finless porpoise picture of harbor porpoise underwater

Picture of Dall's porpoises, Phocoenoides dalli, surfacing showing typical forward canting roostertail 'splash, Southeast Alaska, Pacific

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Image of adult Dall's porpoises, Phocoenoides dalli, bow riding in Southeast Alaska. Dall's porpoise is one of the fastest cetaceans in the world Ocean

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Stock photo of aquarium visitor observing finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, Indo-Pacific Ocean

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Picture of harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, Kerteminde, Denmark, Baltic Sea, Atlantic

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