Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

Lagenorhynchus obliquidens

The Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), is sometimes called a white-striped dolphin, hookfin porpoise, or a lag (which is a short form of its genus name Lagenorhynchus). The dolphin has curved teeth, hence the species name obliquidens given to it, which means “slanting tooth.”


Pacific white-sided dolphins have a very distinctive appearance. Their body is black on their back, and white on their belly, and they have light grey stripes on their sides that cover the length of their back. Their beaks are dark in colour, they have dark rings surrounding their eyes, they have a black tail, and black lips…

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