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Pygmy Killer Whale

marine life of Namibia

Introduction: The pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) is about the same size as the average man and is therefore quite small, hence the name, and is a rarely-seen cetacean of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). The common name refers to it sharing some physical characteristics with the orca killer whale. It is the smallest species of dolphin that has whale in its common name and in captivity they have been extremely aggressive, even killing one another.

This species of dolphin always move in groups or around 10 to 30, but occasionally rise to a few hundred. They are quite wary of boats, making any studies or sightings difficult, hence the lack of reproduction or social information.

The scientific species descriptor attenuata, is Latin for 'tapering' and refers to the gradual narrowing from the head to the tail fin, although it is best described as 'cigar-shaped'. It has a round head, but no beak.

Distribution: From Walvis Bay southwards.

Diet: Cephalopods and small fish and have been known to attack the common dolphin.

Colouring: All black with lighter sides. A dark cape is visible on the back. The lips are white as is the belly.

Size: Around 2m in length.

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  • Namibia Marine Life: Pygmy Killer Whale
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