Franciscana Dolphin Skull Replica measures 15 inches. Franciscana Dolphin Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Known as La Plata Dolphin.

La Plata Dolphin, Franciscana, Toninha or Pontoporia blainvillei is a species of dolphin found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America.

The species has been observed in Miramar, Buenos Aires Province, Rio Negro Province, Bahia Rosas swimming in small groups.

Their reported range is from the opening of the Doce River, Regencia, Espirito Santo, Brasil to Peninsula Valdes in Chubut Province, Argentina.

Franciscana Dolphin has the longest beak (as a proportion of body size) of any cetacean.

The body is a grayish brown color, with a lighter underside. The flippers are also very large in comparison with body size and are very broad, but narrow on joining the body.The trailing edges are serrated.

The crescent-shaped blowhole lies just in front of a crease in the neck. The dorsal fin has a long base and a rounded tip.

Franciscana Dolphin has homodont dentition with conical shaped teeth. The number of teeth range from 48 to 61 on each side of its upper and lower jaw. They are found in Uruguay and South American coastal waters and estuaries.

Franciscana Dolphin is very inconspicuous, it moves very smoothly and slowly and can be difficult to spot unless estuary conditions are very calm.

It will commonly swim alone or in small groups. Exceptional groups as large as 15 have been seen.

Franciscana Dolphins are bottom feeders and gut inspections have revealed they eat at least 24 different species of fish, depending on which species are most common.

La Plata river dolphin or Blainvillei will also take octopus, squid and shrimp. They are, in turn, hunted by killer whales (orcas) and several species of sharks.

The Franciscana Dolphin weighs up to 110 lb., and lives for up to 20 years. Sexual maturity is reached between two and three years.

Females have a two-year reproductive cycle. Calves are 70 to 75 cm when born after a gestation of 10–11 months. Calves are weaned at a year old. Females may be giving birth by the age of five.

Franciscana Dolphin is found in the coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America, including the Río de la Plata estuary. Its distribution ranges from the Tropic of Capricorn near Ubatuba, Brazil, south to Península Valdés, Argentina.

When along the Brazilian coast, the species is usually reported in depths ranging from 8 to 30 meters, and up to 35 for accidental captures. However, there are a few reports of individuals further away from the shore.

It is the only member of the river dolphin group that lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than freshwater.

Commercialized areas that create agricultural runoffs and industrialized zones can affect the health of the La Plata dolphin, especially in regards to their contributions of waste and pollution, which can lead to habitat degradation and poisoned food among other concerns.

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