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  • Taaf 2006. Fiftieth anniversary of TAAF, and Xavier Richert, the first French governor of the islands. Scan by courtesy of Pierre Albuisson. 

Hourglass dolphins are rather stocky, with a large, re-curved dorsal fin. The tail stock is often keeled. Body length ranges from 142 - 187 cm, and males and females are of equal size. Colouration is mainly black or dark with two elongated white areas, in some animals joined with a fine white line, giving it its common name. The forward patch extends onto the face above the eye. Only 3 specimens were collected until 1960 and the knowledge of the biology of this species rests on a total of 20 specimens. 

  • Taaf 2006. Hourglass Dolphins. 

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