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    San Juan Island

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Dall's 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?

First Lieutenant James W. Forsyth was Capt. George E. Pickett's second in command on San Juan Island. Forsyth would become a brigadier general in the Civil War and go on to command the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Wounded Knee Creek in 1890.