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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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Dalls Porpoise

dalls porpoise
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Dall's porpoise
(Phocoenoides dalli)

It's easy to mistake a Dall's porpoise for an Orca whale. The black and white markings are similar, but they're only about six feet long and have a much smaller dorsal fin. Look for their telltale rooster-tail spray as they slice through the water at up to 30 knots and play "chicken" before the bows of boats.

Learn more:

Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The prairie at American Camp is one of the last remaining natural prairies in the Strait of Juan de Fuca/Puget Sound region. The park is currently involved in restoration, which includes controlling non-native species such as the European rabbit.