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Dolphin Species: Heavisided Dolphin
Cephalorhynchus Heavisidii

Heaviside's Dolphin can be found in cold waters along the south-western coast of Africa. Local Names: South African Dolphin; Benguela Dolphin.

Heaviside's Dolphin is small and stocky. The fore half of the body is uniformly grey in colour, with the dorsal cape, fin, flanks and keel being dark blue-black. A similarly-coloured stripe runs from the blowhole to the cape. The flippers and eyepatch are the same colour. The beak is indistinct, and there are 44-56 teeth in each jaw. The underside is white, with white 'armpits' behind the flippers and a rhombus shape on the chest. A finger-shaped patch extends from the belly along each flank. Adults grow to around 1.7m in length and weigh around 60-70kg.

Recognition at sea
Due to the striking combination of colours, Heaviside's Dolphins are not likely to be confused with any other species.

Heaviside's Dolphins prefer coastal waters of less than 150m deep.

Food & Feeding
Heaviside's Dolphins seem to prey on fish, though information about this is limited.

This species is normally found in units of between 2-10 animals, and occasionally up to 30 individuals gather together for a short amount of time.


Estimated Current Population

The Influence of Man
Heaviside's Dolphins are accidentally caught in fishing gear off South Africa and Namibia.


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