These are one of the largest of the porpoises. They are fast, active swimmers, and they normally avoid boats.
Body length: 1.3-2.2m, Weight: 60-84kg.
Spectacled porpoises have distinctive black and white markings - black above and white underneath. They have black eyes with white spectacles, and a white stripe on the upper surface of the tail. They have a large rounded dorsal fin, and no beak. Like all porpoises, they have spade-shaped teeth (as opposed to conical in dolphins).
Spectacled porpoises inhabit the South Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
They feed on squid and fish.
Spectacled porpoises live in groups of 1-25. Little else is known about their behaviour as most of the information has been gleaned from stranded individuals.
Spectacled porpoises are classified as Data Deficient by the 2000 Red List.