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Australian snubfin dolphin

Orcaella heinsohni

(Image credit: Guido J. Parra)

Adults have three tone colour with a dark back, white abdomen and light grey to brownish grey sides. Snubfin have a distinctive bulbous head with mobile neck and visible neck crease, broad paddle shaped flippers and a small dorsal fin on the lower half of their back. The tail is horizonally flattened. Typcially seen in small groups or singly.

Length: to 2.7 m


Shallow coastal waters, estuaries, embayments, preferrably at 1-2 m depth; 1-15 m depth range

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In Western Australia, log this species south of Roebuck Bay

Related links/info

Based on information from the DSEWPAC species sheets http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies

Bryden et al 1998. dugong, whales, dolphins and seals: a guide to the sea mammals of Australasia. Allen &Unwin.

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Number of sightings 1

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