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Dall’s Porpoise - Phocoenoides dalli
Photo by Howard Hall

The Dall's porpoise is stout, muscular, and strikingly colored with black and white markings. This species can swim very fast reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour creating a rooster tail of spray as they surface to breathe. Though these animals do bow ride, they prefer fast moving vessels. Coloration is mostly black with a gray patch on the dorsal fin, and a large white marking on the side.

Dall’s Porpoise
(Phocoenoides dalli)

Found mainly in the cold waters of the northern North Pacific. These creatures tend to migrate north in summer and south in winter in the Western Pacific

Mostly offshore, inshore in some regions

Fish, squid, krill


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
The Dall's porpoise primarily feeds at night.

Learn More
- Animal Diversity
- NOAA/National Marine Mammal Laboratory