Southern Right Whale Dolphin

The Southern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis peronii), in German, it is 'Südlicher Glattdelphin', in French it's 'Dauphin aptère austral'. Among the sea creatures, they are very recognizable. They have a "patented" black/white facade and the absence of the fin (back is the black side). Newly-born individuals are dark grey, then the hues would change after its first year of existence.

A Southern Right Whale Dolphin can be found in any of the following areas: the Chatham Islands, Great Australian Bight, Tasman Sea and other parts of the globe. However, the Southern Right Whale Dolphins remains on temperate aquatic habitats, with the most number of records at the Antarctic Convergence territory. A Southern Right Whale Dolphin is rarely seen near lands, but records also show that they have been found in coastal areas off Chile and near New Zealand.

The Southern Right Whale Dolphin can travel very quickly and they do it via a set of long, low jumps. If you would see one in motion, you'll get the impression that it is bouncing and not swimming. When they move, they cause very little disturbance on the water, the Southern Right Whale Dolphin exposes just a fraction of the head/back when going up for air. Belly-flopping, slapping at the sides, lobtailing...all of these actions have been noted. A dive could be from six minutes upwards. They have different mindsets when it comes to moving, others opt for a close approach, while others would veer away from sea vehicles.

The Southern right whale dolphin is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the southern right whale dolphin
A young / baby of a southern right whale dolphin is called a 'calf or pup'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A southern right whale dolphin group is called a 'team, school, pod, herd, alliance (male) or party (female)'.
Southern right whale dolphin habitats
Epipelagic (0-200m) and Marine Oceanic

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