The Burmeister's Porpoise
From The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins
The Burmeister's Porpoise, or Phocoena spinipinnis weighs between 40 to 70
kilograms and ranges from 1.4 to 1.8 meters in length. They have 14 to 16 pairs of small,
spade-shape teeth in their upper jaw and 17 to 19 pairs of teeth in their lower jaw.
They are dark gray-black above or on their backs and flanks, having lighter patches
on their belly. They have a small rotund body with a small head, no forehead or beak, and
large broad flippers that taper to a blunt tip. They have a low dorsal fin with a convex trailing
edge and blunt spines or tubercles at the base of their front. Burmeister's Porpoises can
be found in the confined temperate coastal waters of South America from Patagonia,
Argentina, and north to Uruguay.
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