The Finless Porpoise
Dolphins and Porpoises
The Finless Porpoise, or Neophocaena phocaenoides are also called the Black or
Black Finless Porpoise. The can weigh between 30 to 45 kilograms and have a length of
1.4 to 1.65 meters. They have 13 to 22 pairs of teeth that are crown spade-shaped in some
in each of their jaws. They are uniformally grey often with bluish tinge, lips and chin are
lighter except for a darker 'chin-strap'. They are only black at death. They have a
fairly rotund body with a rounded head, no beak, and flippers that are realitivly long with
blunt tips. They have no dorsal fin but a ridged back with small tubercles. Finless
Porpoises can be found in coastal waters and estuaries of the Indo-Pacific from Iran and
Pakistan in the west, throughout the coasts of India, southeast Asia and Indonesia,
north to China (including the upper reaches of the Yangtze River) and northern Japan.
There is some morphological variations between their populations in the western and eastern
locations of their range. Their population size is unknown, except around Japan where it
is estimated to be between 1,600 to 4,900.
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