Spectacled porpoise

The spectacled porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica) is a rarely seen member of the porpoise family. The species is readily distinguished from other porpoises by a characteristic dark ring around the eyes, which gives the animals their name. This ring is commonly surrounded by a farther lighter ring.

The spectacled porpoise is a robust creature with a small head and no beak. Spectacled porpoises have distinctive black and white markings - black above and white underneath. They have black eyes with white rings or spectacles, and a white stripe on the upper surface of the tail. They have a large rounded dorsal fin, and no beak. Like all porpoises, they have spade-shaped teeth (as opposed to conical in dolphins).

Spectacled porpoise
  • Size

    Newborn members of this species are about 80 cm with males growing up to 2.2 metres and females somewhat smaller. They can grow up to 60–84 kg (130-185 lbs) in weight as adults.

  • Feeding

    These porpoises feed on squid and fish, yet also on octopus, shrimp, molluscs, and other crustaceans.

  • Life History

    The age at which they reach maturity, as well as the porpoise's longevity, is unknown.

  • Behavior

    Spectacled porpoises live in groups of 1-25. They are fast, active swimmers, and they normally avoid boats.