Hookfin Porpoise Skull Replica measures 15.3 inches. Hookfin Porpoise 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 Pacific White-Sided Dolphin.

Hookfin Porpoise is from the coasts of the north Pacific and adjoining waters.

The Hookfin Porpoise has three colors. The chin, throat and belly are creamy white. The beak, flippers, back, and dorsal fin are a dark gray. Light gray patches are seen on the sides and a further light gray stripe runs from above the eye to below the dorsal fin, where it thickens along the tail stock. A dark gray ring surrounds the eyes.

Hookfin Porpoise or Lagenorhynchus obliquidens is extremely active and mixes with many of the other North Pacific cetacean species. It readily approaches boats and bow rides. Large groups are common, averaging 90 individuals, with super groups of more than 300.

Hookfin Porpoise prey includes mainly hake, anchovies, squid, herring, salmon, and cod. They have an average of 60 teeth.

The range of the Hookfin Porpoise arcs across the cool to temperate waters of the North Pacific. Sightings go no further south than the South China Sea on the western side and the Baja California Peninsula on the eastern.

Populations may also be found in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk. In the northern part of the range, some individuals may be found in the Bering Sea.

The Hookfin Porpoise appear to follow some sort of migratory pattern, on the eastern side they are most abundant in the Southern California Bight in winter, but further north (Oregon, Washington) in summer.

Their preference for off-shore deep waters appears to be year round. The only known predators of the Hookfin Porpoise is the Killer Whale and humans.

The total population may be as many as 1 million. However, the tendency of Pacific white-sided dolphins to approach boats complicates precise estimates via sampling.

These dolphins keep close company. White-sided dolphins swim in groups of 10 to 100, and can often be seen bow-riding and doing somersaults. Members form a close-knit group and will often care for a sick or injured dolphin.

Animals that live in such large social groups develop ways to keep in touch, with each dolphin identifying itself by a unique name-whistle. Young dolphins communicate with a touch of a flipper as they swim beside adults.

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