Pontoporiidae Skull Replica measures 15 inches. Pontoporiidae 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.

La Plata river dolphin or Pontoporiidae 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.

Pontoporiidae 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.

Pontoporiidae dolphin or Pontoporia blainvillei 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.

Pontoporiidae 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 P. blainvillei will also take octopus, squid and shrimp.

The La Plata 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.

Pontoporiidae 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.

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.

Large numbers are killed in gillnets. Although the largest documented catches in the 1970s were in Uruguay, catches in recent decades have also been high in southern Brazil and Argentina.

Scientists from all three countries have voiced their concerns about Pontoporiidae, and asked for international assistance in highlighting the plight of the dolphin.

The species is listed on Appendix I and Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

It is listed on Appendix I as this species has been categorized as being in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant proportion of its range.

CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them.

It is listed on Appendix II as it has an unfavorable conservation status or would benefit significantly from international co-operation organised by tailored agreements.