Spectacled Porpoise
Spectacled Porpoise
Range Sub-Antarctic, Low Antarctic
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Phocoenidae
Genus Phocoena
Species P. dioptrica
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Spectacled Porpoise is from the Porpoise genus and is seen around many small islands but is mainly found in the Sub-Antarctic and Low Antarctic waters.


The Spectacled Porpoise is a robust creature with a small head and no beak. Spectacled porpoises have distinctive black and white markings - black above and white underneath. They have black eyes with white rings or spectacles, and a white stripe on the upper surface of the tail. They have a large rounded dorsal fin, and no beak. Like all porpoises, they have spade-shaped teeth (as opposed to conical in dolphins). Newborn members of this species are about 80 cm with males growing up to 2.2 metres and females somewhat smaller. The age at which they reach maturity, as well as the porpoise's longevity, is unknown. They can grow up to 60–84 kg (130-185 lbs) in weight as adults.


Althrough once though to be a primarily coastal species, records of the Spectacled Porpoise around offshore islands suggest that it is an oceanic species of temperature and Sub-Antarctic waters, ranging between 5.5 and 9.5 degrees celsius. The Spectacled Porpoise has also been observed entering coastal waters, rivers and channels.


Porpoise feed on squid and fish, yet also on octopus, shrimp, molluscs, and other crustaceans.


They become sexualy mature in around 3-4 years and can live for 12-23 years.


  • A Spectacled Porpoise


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