Burrunan Dolphins have a distinct tri-colouration pattern, from dark grey on the upper side of the body, a paler grey midline and cream underside. The cream underside can extend over the eye, whilst the grey mid-line forms shoulder blaze (a brush-stroke pattern) below the falcate (curved) dorsal fin. They have a prominent rounded head and a short stubby nose (rostrum). Up to 2.6 m long.
Burrunan Dolphins are social and most commonly seen in pods of 2-30 animals. They were recently classified as a new species in 2011, distinct from the Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus.
Semi-enclosed embayments, estuarine systems and recorded high up in freshwater rivers, also potentially in inshore coastal waters.
Port Phillip and the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.
Native to Australia
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)
- DSE Advisory List : Endangered
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed