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Creature Features: Dolphins and Porpoises

Dolphins and porpoises are closely related but they aren't the same! Both belong to the scientific suborder, Odontoceti, which means "toothed whales," but they have different families. Dolphins are part of the Delphinidae family while porpoises are members of the Phocoenidae family. Very scientific sounding, huh? I'll bet you know more about dolphins and porpoises than you think – test your knowledge about these marine mammals in a quiz!


Creature Features: Dolphins and Porpoises

What is a loose translation of the roots of the word porpoise?

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krae85 krae85 8 years
I didn't know orcas were in the dolphin family.
scottnjoel scottnjoel 8 years
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
23 feet??! damn.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
The size one I got wrong too! I never realised they could grow to that!
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 9 years
Geez, I miss one. I didn't know that got that big!
lilegwene lilegwene 9 years
For the 4th question... Male killer whales often do get larger than 23 ft. I got the first one wrong though - I wouldn't call you guys a "pig fish," little porpoises!! ;)
emalove emalove 9 years
Dolphins are my favorite!!! I got to swim with them in the Bahamas and it was AMAZING!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love them, and beluga whales lots!
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