Southern Right Whale Dolphins – The Sports Car Of The Sea

On June 15, 2013 by Tim Newman

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Calm Waters

Of course I haven’t seen every species of animal on the planet, I’m not Noah. But I must admit I am surprised I haven’t come across the southern right whale dolphin before. I’ve heard of the southern right whale and I’ve heard of the dolphin, but for some reason these beautiful beasts had eluded me until this morning.

The southern right whale dolphin (or snake porpoise) lives purely in the southern hemisphere, they have a cousin in our hemisphere, the northern right whale dolphin, but he doesn’t look quite as cool. Population numbers haven’t been closely studied but there are large populations off the coast of New Zealand and South America. They travel in herds (pods?) of an average of 50 beasts, but group numbers can reach 1000 which must be a pretty incredible site.

Anyway, I just wanted to show you these pictures really:

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Jumping

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Pair

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Play

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - pod

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Reflection

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Speed

 

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