Dall’s Porpoise Inhabit the North Pacific Ocean from Japan to the west coast of North America. This mammal is the fast swimming cetacean, often exceeding speeds of 45 miles per hour. Often mistaken for a small Orca Whale, this porpoise has a stocky, black body with large white sections on the flanks and belly. Commonly seen in Hecate Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait, Juan de Fuca Strait, and Haro Strait in British Columbia, they feed on a wide variety of fish, squid and crustaceans. While Dall’s Porpoises are not considered endangered, exact population estimates are unknown.
A friendly and curious porpoise, the Dall’s Porpoise is known to surface close to boats and playfully bow ride at high speeds.