Whale of the day
Spectacled Porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica) The spectacled porpoise gets its name from the dark circle surrounding its eyes. Little is known about this porpoise, and most knowledge has been collected from stranded animals. Despite the fact that the species is not often sighted at sea, biologists believe it to be more abundant than what is suggested. The markings of the robust body are very distinct,...
Every year around 2000 whales, dolphins and porpoises beach themselves, and little is known about why. Some species seem to be more inclined to strand in large numbers than others, and these are all toothed whales; sperm whales, pilot whales, killer whales, beaked whales and some oceanic dolphins. These species normally live in large, tightly knit groups and mostly in deep waters. Solitary species...