Indo-Pacific Hump-Backed Dolphin

By: M.M.

Description

- Mammals

- Scientific name is Sousa Chinensis

- Humped Back

- Males are up to 3.2 meters in length

- Females are up to 2.5 meters in length

- Adults weigh up to 626lbs

Food Chain and Habitat

- Carnivores

- They eat Earnestine, Reef Fish, Mollusks, and Consecrations

- Hunt as a group

- Live in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

- Temperature is around 15-36 degrees celsius


Adaptation

- Slow swim speed

- Normally swim in groups of <10

- 29-38 peg-like teeth in the upper and lower jaws

- Have been known to chase off or even kill sharks

- They breed year round

Reasons For Endangerment & Critical Information

- Some are hunted for oil and for food

- Mangrove degradation due to coastal development

- Entanglement in fishing gear

- Caught in anti-shark gillnets

Works Cited

"Indo-Pacific Hump-Backed Dolphin." Earths Endangered Creatures, 2006 Web. 19 May 2013.

http://earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?gr=M&sp=13061


"Indo-Pacific Hump-Backed Dolphins, Sousa Chinensis." MarineBio, 1/14/2013. Web.

19 May 2013.

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=408


"Sousa chinensis." The ICUN List of Threatened Species, Web. 2012. 19 May. 2013

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/20424/0