Harbour Porpoise

The common or Harbour porpoise is the only member of the porpoise family found in European waters.

Often seen relatively close in shore on the mainland, they are not commonly seen around Lundy.  This may have something to do with their small size in comparison to other cetaceans and the fact they rarely breach high out of the water.  Instead they can be observed surfacing in a smooth, slow black arc several times before diving for a few minutes.  Growing to a maximum 2 metres in length, they have a blunt shaped head and small trinagular dorsal fin which indentifies them from other cetaceans.

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