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What do porpoises and dolphins eat?
Because dolphins and porpoises are marine mammals, they both breathe air, are warm-blooded, give birth, and nurse their young with milk. Dolphins and porpoises may also consume some of the same common foods, including fish, squid, and various crustaceans.
Do porpoises eat salmon?
For the first time, the researchers collectively documented harbor porpoises interacting with and likely eating salmon and a fish called American shad — both much larger species than the porpoises have been documented eating in the past.
Are dolphins a porpoise?
Dolphins and porpoises differ in their faces, fins, and body shapes. Dolphins have longer noses, bigger mouths, more curved dorsal fins, and longer, leaner bodies than porpoises. Most scientists agree that there are 32 dolphin species (plus five closely related species of river dolphin) and only six porpoise species.
Is a porpoise friendly?
For the most part, porpoises are shy animals. They do not often approach people or boats. The dolphin, rather than the porpoise, is often seen in marine animal shows which may relate to the idea that dolphins tend to show a lesser fear of humans than porpoises.
What do porpoises do?
Porpoises are a group of fully aquatic marine mammals, similar in appearance to a dolphin, all of which are classified under the family Phocoenidae, parvorder Odontoceti (toothed whales). Porpoises use echolocation as their primary sensory system. Some species are well adapted for diving to great depths.
How do porpoises hunt?
To assist them with locating prey porpoises hunt for food using echolocation. Although porpoises are predators they prefer to hunt in shallow coastal waters and usually hunt for food near or at the surface of the water.
Are porpoises in the Puget Sound?
They live in near coastal shallow waters and around the Pacific Northwest, harbor porpoises can be seen from all sites along The Whale Trail in Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They do not migrate and can be found in the Salish Sea year-round.
Do orcas eat harbor porpoises?
Transient killer whales, which actually feed on harbor porpoises, are known to wound the animals, chase them, then toss them around before eating them. The Southern Resident killer whales are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
What do porpoises look like?
Porpoises are members of the scientific order Cetacea and are related to dolphins, but the two animals are different species. They both have sleek bodies and large flippers. Also, porpoises have triangular dorsal fins, while dolphins have curved or hook-shaped fins. The exception are finless porpoises.
Do porpoises jump out of the water?
Unlike other dolphins, porpoises rarely jump out of the water. You’re not likely to see more than the top part of its back with its dorsal fin when surfacing for a breath of air.
Where do porpoises sleep?
Like whales, Dolphins, and the related Dall’s Porpoise, sleep with one eye open to allow one-half of the brain to sleep. They generally sleep along the surface of the water but occasionally sleep along the bottom of a shallow area and rise to the surface for air as needed.
How do porpoises eat?
Porpoises find their food under water with the help of sonar. In the coastal region of the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea, they eat mainly small benthic fish such as gobies. In the open North Sea they feed mostly on herring, sprat and mackerel. Porpoises in the German Wadden Sea go after small flatfish.