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Old 07-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Dolphin or Porpoise ???

So what is the flipper that we see around here, and what is the difference ???????
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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It is a dolphin I only use porpoise so ppl arent confused when I say dolphin when I'm speaking about the dolphin fish.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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i stritcly use porpoise because my ex gf hated it when i would say "hunnie i caught some dolphin today" so yeh the fear is instilled into me.
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Bottlenose Dolphin for the most part

Offshore they are joined by several other species of dolphins
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^ X2

It bugs the heck out of me every time I hear someone call a dolphin a porpoise. Dolphin and porpoise belong to two separate families. Alas, common names are the bane of biology...

Here's an excellent simple depiction of the main differences:
http://www.knewance.com/comparisons/...-porpoise.html

Here's a list of the extant marine mammals that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico:
http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/tmmsn/29Species/marine.html

You'll see that there are no species of porpoise listed.

Also, until relatively recently, there used to be 30 species of marine mammals living the gulf. The 30th was the Caribbean monk seal. Sadly, they were hunted to extinction.
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I grew up in the Keys in the 60's and all the locals called flipper a porpoise and a dolphin (mahi mahi, dorado) was the fish..There was no confusion about either.. It wasn't until I moved up here that I heard folks calling flipper a dolphin...and to be honest I believe bottle nose dolphin to be correct... Not saying porpoise is politically correct, but in my book flipper will always be a porpoise.
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Good info guys, I always called them dolphin but wasn't sure if I was correct.
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It bugs the heck out of me every time I hear someone call a dolphin a porpoise. Dolphin and porpoise belong to two separate families. Alas, common names are the bane of biology...

Here's an excellent simple depiction of the main differences:
http://www.knewance.com/comparisons/...-porpoise.html

Here's a list of the extant marine mammals that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico:
http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/tmmsn/29Species/marine.html

You'll see that there are no species of porpoise listed.

Also, until relatively recently, there used to be 30 species of marine mammals living the gulf. The 30th was the Caribbean monk seal. Sadly, they were hunted to extinction.
I`m with you on that, it bothers me when people say, look at the porpoise. I have a fishing buddy that calls them that, irritates the hell out me.
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I`m with you on that, it bothers me when people say, look at the porpoise. I have a fishing buddy that calls them that, irritates the hell out me.
Yeah but if we're trolling and I say "look dolphin" ppl could misconstrue that as the fish (which we are after) so porpoise in that aspect helps to avoid confusion. That's why I say it.
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I call blue runners hardtails, ladyfish skipjacks, sunfish mola mola, alewifes LYs and dorados mahi mahi...


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