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Dolphin or Porpoise?

November 5, 2012

October was the month of Dolphin sightings in Newport!  We have seen dolphins on almost every sail this month.  The sightings have lead us to the question – what is the difference between a Dolphin and a Porpoise?

They are different families (dophins: Delphinidae; porpoises Phocoenidae). The main differences are dolphins have a longer snout, conical teeth, and a larger dorsal fin (often curved) and porpoises have rounded snouts, smaller dorsal fins, and flat teeth. The social groups of dolphins are generally larger and more closely knit.

Here are a few more photos Captain Duncan took of our October dolphin sightings and a great video Mate Gus shot!

  



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