> Subphylum Vertebrata > Class Mammalia
updated Oct 2016
seen? These marvellous creatures are still
regularly sighted in the waters of our Southern Islands. According
to Davison, these dolphins have been observed among our Southern Islands
in the Singapore Straits, as well as near our northern shores in the
Johor Straits. Globally, they are found in Africa, Asia and Australia,
in seas, estuaries and river mouths. They have been seen in freshwater
and upstream in large rivers.
Features: Head and body
length 120-280cm, up to about 140kg. Long narrow jaws filled with
teeth, broad tail flukes (45cm), with a dorsal fisn (15cm tall) and
pectoral fins (30cm). Colours may be brown, grey, black above and
paler beneath. Some may be whitish, speckled or freckled. They are
sometimes also called Pink dolphins.
What does it eat? Feeds mainly
on fish, as well as cephalopods (octopus, squid and cuttlefish).
Dolphin babies: Baby dolphins
are about 100cm long at birth and suckle on their mother's milk for
about two years.
Status and threats: This dolphin
is listed as 'Endangered' in the Red List of threatened animals of
Singapore. Like many other marine mammals, these dolphins are threatened
by drowning in fishing lines and fishing nets. They are also affected
by pollution and loss of feeding habitats due to reclamation, coastal
development and human activities on our coasts and seas.
sightings of dolphins in Singapore: newspapers
sightings of dolphins in Singapore: social media