Southern Right Whale Dolphin

Introduction: The graceful southern right whale dolphin, (Lissodelphis peronii), is a small and slender species of mammal found in cool waters of the southern hemisphere. It is one of two species of right whale dolphin, the other (Lissodelphis) is found in deep oceans of the northern hemisphere. It has an unusual appearance for a dolphin, as it is bereft of a dorsal fin, bringing about the 'right whale' into the common name. They are the only dolphin in the southern hemisphere without this feature.

Group sizes vary from a few to 250, although 50 is more of an average sighting. They are often observed with pilot whales and dusky dolphins. Patagonian toothfish are known to prey on southern right whale dolphin, and predators include sharks and the killer whale (Orcinus orca).

Distribution: Off the Namibian coast and a year-round occurrence is a localized area associated with the 'Lideritz upwelling cell area'.

Diet: Lantern fish, small squid and octopus

Colouring: Upper parts of the body are black dipping into a saddle, with a sharp dividing line to the white flanks and white face, flippers, tapering towards the tail.

Breeding: Newborn calves are about 80cm in length

Size: May reach 3m in length. Weight: Adults weigh between 60 and 100kg

Marine life of Namibia Wildlife of Namibia

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