Harbor Porpoise

Harbor Porpoise.  Photo:  Ari Friedlaender
Harbor Porpoise. Photo: Ari Friedlaender

 

  • Scientific Name: Phocoena phocoena
  • Length: 5 – 5.5 feet
  • Weight: 135 – 170 lbs
  • Population seen in the Northeast*: Over 89,000
  • Status: Protected
  • Description:  Small dark body with blunt beak and triangular dorsal fin. Belly and throat typically white. Quick surfacings, generally do not splash when surfacing. Non-social, seen singly or in small groups.

* Gulf of Maine & Bay of Fundy Population

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