Heaviside's Dolphin

The Heaviside's Dolphin was discovered in the 19th century by Captain Haviside. He brought a speciman from Namibia to the United Kingdom. This dolphin species can be found in shallow coastal waters. They have been spotted in the Southwest Coast of frica, from Northern Namibia, South to Cape Province. The Heaviside's Dolphin are not considered rare, however, they're not high in numbers along the African Coastline, where they live.

Haviside's Dolphin's are not very large, in fact they are very small in size, as an adult they will only reach a length averaging 1.7m and a weight of 60-70 kg. This dolphin has a blunt head and full rounded bodies. There are no beaks on this dolphin, which sometimes gets them confused with the porpoise. The flippers are rounded, almost paddle-like shape, while the dorsal fin is large and triangular. The posterior half of the Heaviside's Dolphin is solid grey with a darker grey coloration that looks like a cape. The anterior half, including the dorsal fin, flanks and tail is a dark blue-black color, very similar to the colorations of the Orca Whale.

The Heaviside's Dolphin feeds on fish such as hake, kingflip and gobies. They are also known to feed on Octopus and Squid.

Although the Heaviside's Dolphin will bow-ride, they are shy of human interaction. They're commonly found in groups of 1-10 traveling together. Nothing is yet known about the reproductive habits of the Heaviside's Dolphin. More research is needed to better understand the migration and breeding habits of these mammals.

Threats against the Heaviside's Dolphin include entanglement in fishing nets, and the occasional dolphin harpooned for human consumption.