dolphin vs porpoise

dolphin porpoise


  • 1) nautical A man-made semi submerged maritime structure, usually installed to provide a fixed structure for temporary mooring, to prevent ships from drifting to shallow water or to serve as base for navigational aids.
  • 2) The dauphin, eldest son of the kings of France.
  • 3) A fish, the mahi-mahi or dorado, scientific name Coryphaena hippurus, with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration.
  • 4) A carnivorous aquatic mammal inhabiting mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, famed for its intelligence and occasional willingness to approach humans.
  • 5) Any of several toothed whales inhabiting rivers and estuaries in South America and South Asia, having a long narrow beak, broad flippers, a flexible neck, and usually a reduced dorsal fin. A species native to the Yangtze River is thought to be extinct.
  • 6) A buoy, pile, or group of piles used for mooring boats.
  • 7) A group of piers used as a fender at a dock.
  • 8) Any of various marine toothed whales of the family Delphinidae, having a beaklike snout, a curved dorsal fin, and a slender streamlined body.
  • 9) (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel.
  • 10) (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus, n., 2.
  • 11) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale.
  • 12) A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
  • 13) (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which a cannon was lifted.
  • 14) (Naut.) a short vertical spar under the bowsprit.
  • 15) (Zool.) The Coryphæna hippuris, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. The term is also applied to the related Coryphaena equisetis. Called also dolphinfish and (especially in Hawaii) mahimahi. See also dolphinfish and Coryphænoid.
  • 16) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables.
  • 17) (Zoöl.) the black, bean, or collier, Aphis (Aphis fable), destructive to beans.
  • 18) (Zool.) A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (esp. Delphinus delphis); the true dolphin.
  • 19) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
  • 20) any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
  • 21) In lumbering, a cluster of piles to which a boom is secured. [U. S.]
  • 22) The popular name of the cetaceous mammals of the family Delphinidæ and genus Delphinus, most of which are also known as and more frequently called porpoises, this word being interchangeable with dolphin.
  • 23) In Gr. antiquity, a ponderous mass of lead or iron suspended from a special yard on a naval vessel, and, if opportunity presented, let fall into the hold of a hostile ship to sink her by breaking through her bottom.
  • 24) In early artillery, a handle cast solid on a cannon.
  • 25) A mooring-post placed at the entrance of a dock.
  • 26) In architecture, a technical term applied to the pipe and cover at a source for the supply of water.
  • 27) Same as dauphin.
  • 28) Nautical: A spar or buoy made fast to an anchor, and usually supplied with a ring to enable vessels to ride by it.
  • 29) In Christian archæol., an image or representation of a dolphin, constituting an emblem of love, diligence, and swiftness.
  • 30) Same as dolphin-fly.
  • 31) [capitalized] In astronomy, an ancient northern constellation, Delphinus (which see).
  • 32) A general and popular name of fish of the family Coryphænidæ: so called from some con-fusion with the mammals of the same name.


  • 1) A small cetacean of the family Phocoenidae, related to whales and dolphins.
  • 2) North America, imprecisely Any small dolphin.
  • 3) Any of several related aquatic mammals, such as the dolphins.
  • 4) Any of various marine toothed whales of the genus Phocoena and related genera, characteristically having a blunt snout and a triangular dorsal fin. Porpoises are placed either in their own family, Phocoenidae, or with the dolphins in the family Delphinidae.
  • 5) (Zoöl.) A true dolphin (Delphinus); -- often so called by sailors.
  • 6) (Zoöl.) a North American porpoise (Lagenorhynchus acutus), larger than the common species, and with broad stripes of white and yellow on the sides. See Illustration in Appendix.
  • 7) (Zoöl.) Any small cetacean of the genus Phocæna, especially Phocæna communis, or Phocæna phocæna, of Europe, and the closely allied American species (Phocæna Americana). The color is dusky or blackish above, paler beneath. They are closely allied to the dolphins, but have a shorter snout. Called also harbor porpoise, herring hag, puffing pig, and snuffer.
  • 8) any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth
  • 9) A small toothed cetacean of the family Delphinidæ and subfamily Delphiminæ, and especially of the genus Phoeæna, of which there are several species, the best-known being P. communis, which attains a length of about 5 feet and has a blunt head not produced into a long beak, and a thick body tapering toward the tail.
  • 10) intransitive Said of an aircraft: to make a series of plunges when taking off or landing.


  • 1) New regulations in this country in 1990 made it almost impossible to keep captive dolphins and whales.
  • 2) What is the largest member of the dolphin family?
  • 3) The trainer would then blow the whistle and throw the dolphin a fish.
  • 4) Each cycle of the arms should be accompanied by two dolphin kicks.
  • 5) Sometimes whales and dolphins can be seen.
  • 6) She has swum with more dolphins and sea lions than you can shake a snorkel at.
  • 7) Spring is also a great time to see dolphins and seals offshore.
  • 8) The fish and dolphins simply have no choice.
  • 9) Do you see any dolphins covered in milk sitting on the table?
  • 10) dolphins and other sea mammals use different techniques for swimming and would not normally trigger an alert.
  • 11) Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals swimming off the island.
  • 12) If you are very lucky you might see some dolphins and seals.
  • 13) In its fish tank it has sharks, dolphins and whales.
  • 14) If you see a dolphin, you must turn off your engine and look the other way.
  • 15) Some countries are destroying stocks of mighty whales, of dolphins and other sea mammals.
  • 16) And don't leave without seeing the dolphin show.
  • 17) Other wildlife expected to flourish would be seals, dolphins and the rare angel shark.
  • 18) They are often caught in large nets and dolphins, sharks and turtles get caught up in them.
  • 19) I loved the dolphins and pilot whales and birds that followed our course.
  • 20) In each the whales or dolphins were spotted holding dead offspring, often while flanked by members of their group.
  • 21) The miles of unspoilt beach are home to turtles which come ashore to nest, while the seas are filled with whales and dolphins.
  • 22) I fear for these two dolphins' lives.
  • 23) We no longer lump seals, whales, dolphins and fish all together.
  • 24) You'll also see dolphins, sea otters and sea lions.
  • 25) In 100 days we saw two pods of dolphins, a pod of blue whales and a few marine birds.
  • 26) Our skipper manoeuvred the yacht towards it and, as if by magic, two dolphins leapt out of the ocean and began to dance around the boat.
  • 27) We use the term dolphin to refer to members of the taxonomic family Delphinidae, which consists of thirty-three species of dolphins ranging from coastal to pelagic and tiny to large.
  • 28) Captivity for a dolphin is a life-long imprisonment.
  • 29) But why then, if a dolphin is an intelligent agent, would we not include the dolphin as a likely candidate?
  • 30) “I think you should try to remember,” she said, “that what you call a dolphin, most Americans would call a hero.”
  • 31) Hengst - not really. dolphin is to fish as antelope is to iguana.
  • 32) For those playing Metaphoropoly at home, the dolphin is me and my creative spirit; the sea is the crashing waves of creative thought; the net is worldly success.
  • 33) ‘No captures of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have occurred in the US since 1989.’
  • 34) ‘And captive bottlenose dolphins have shown themselves to be skilled at replicating computer-generated sounds.’
  • 35) ‘We passed numerous sting rays gliding along, then a large school of spinner dolphins leaping across our bow.’
  • 36) ‘Common dolphins are sociable animals and entire shoals - averaging five individuals - frequently die together.’
  • 37) ‘I saw a gray dolphin swimming alone, like a man in a serious suit.’
  • 38) ‘A group of children saw dolphins swimming by.’
  • 39) ‘Wild dolphins off the west coast of Australia were the first marine mammals in which cultural learning was observed.’
  • 40) ‘In the State of Victoria it is illegal to feed wild dolphins.’
  • 41) ‘In Australia it is illegal to feed wild dolphins or for a swimmer to approach within thirty metres of them.’
  • 42) ‘Some Atlantic humpback dolphin populations are known only by a single specimen.’
  • 43) ‘Spotted and spinner dolphins inhabit tropical seas around the world along with yellowfin tuna.’
  • 44) ‘She pointed to the ocean and he looked and they saw dolphins jumping by the side of the ship.’
  • 45) ‘When curious dolphins swim around the boat, the team launches an inflatable boat.’
  • 46) ‘I think of trawlers catching dolphins in their nets.’
  • 47) ‘The former group also gave rise to various endemic lines of river dolphins.’
  • 48) ‘A dolphin leapt from the water, the drops of water sparkling and glittering.’
  • 49) ‘The purpose of the ban as stated in the accompanying documentation is to minimise dolphin mortality.’
  • 50) ‘She has also studied baboons in Kenya and dolphins off the coast of western Australia.’
  • 51) ‘The villagers say the dolphin population has halved in the past few years.’
  • 52) ‘They go to watch sperm whales spout and dive or to swim with pods of dusky dolphins.’
  • 53) ‘The company is currently investigating two locations for the project, which will eventually produce 2000 tonnes a year of dolphinfish for the export market.’
  • 54) ‘One approaching construction phase is an aquaculture project breeding dolphinfish.’
  • 55) ‘The researchers studied species, ranging from sharks to dolphinfish, that represented the different stages of fish evolution.’


  • 1) He pulled away from the F-15, then moved his plane like a porpoise.
  • 2) Many people are of opinion that the porpoise is a variety of the dolphin.
  • 3) A porpoise is a vertical oscillation where you are just a step behind the aircraft and can't physically keep up with the machine; each control movement only serves to exaggerate the problem.
  • 4) "This," exclaimed he, "if I mistake not, augurs well; the porpoise is a fat, well-conditioned fish, a burgomaster among fishes; his looks betoken ease, plenty, and prosperity; I greatly admire this round fat fish, and doubt not but this is a happy omen of the success of our undertaking."
  • 5) The porpoise is a fish five or six feet in length, weighing from one hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds.
  • 6) The porpoise is the true dolphin, the sailor's dolphin being a fish with vertical tail, scales and gills.
  • 7) What Nairne calls a porpoise, is really the beluga, a small white whale.
  • 8) The dolphin is so uniformly miscalled porpoise, on the west coast and everywhere else, that the creature will soon come to think that it really is a porpoise.
  • 9) So-called porpoise leather is made of the skin of the white whale.
  • 10) Well, anyway, it's a porpoise, and a porpoise is a kind of shark, isn't it?
  • 11) The porpoise is the kitten of the sea; he never has a serious thought, he cares for nothing but fun and play.
  • 12) ‘Irish waters are at least seasonally home to an impressive 24 species, ranging from the tiny harbour porpoise to the giant blue whales.’
  • 13) ‘Dolphins, porpoises and even minke whales have all been sighted, while the grey seal colony is always entertaining.’
  • 14) ‘While the cod, pollack and haddock may have all but disappeared, you stand a good chance of spotting porpoises, minke whales and even the odd beluga.’
  • 15) ‘Complete isolation and frequent sightings of porpoises and minke whales set the scene.’
  • 16) ‘Dolphins and porpoises are examples of odontocetes, as are belugas, narwhals, killer whales, sperm whales, and beaked whales.’
  • 17) ‘The first day we saw nothing but a harbour porpoise feeding in the current washing around Black Head, close to the end of the Lizard Peninsula.’
  • 18) ‘Also, looking back over a decade of stranding records from Britain, the researchers found seven dolphins and porpoises and one beaked whale with puzzling gas bubbles.’
  • 19) ‘The Cetacea are, of course, best known from their modern representatives, the porpoises, dolphins and whales.’
  • 20) ‘The shores are playgrounds for otters and seals while porpoises and killer whales sweep past on their way between the Atlantic and the Irish Sea.’
  • 21) ‘Cetaceans also are hunted and eaten, the most common being porpoises, killer whales, and pilot whales.’
  • 22) ‘Whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions receive protection in the U.S. under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.’
  • 23) ‘Pingers (acoustic deterrents that warn or scare dolphins, porpoises, and whales away from fishing nets) are mandatory in other areas.’
  • 24) ‘The crows nest has become an ideal lookout post for sighting dolphins, whales, porpoises, seabirds and turtles.’
  • 25) ‘The biodiversity report lists 25 species at risk, including otters, brown hares, red squirrels, pipistrelle bats, porpoises, six varieties of dolphin and 13 types of whale.’
  • 26) ‘More than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises - or cetaceans - are estimated to die every year from entanglement in fishing gear, more than from any other cause.’
  • 27) ‘More and more, researchers are finding out just how important sound is to cetaceans like dolphins, porpoises and whales.’
  • 28) ‘The environmental group claims the deaths off the British coastline are among a worldwide toll of 300,000 cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) worldwide every year.’
  • 29) ‘There are over 80 species of cetaceans, marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins and whales, but the Norwegians have traditionally hunted minke.’
  • 30) ‘You may spot seals and otters and, if you're lucky, porpoises and killer whales on their way from the Atlantic and to the Irish Sea.’
  • 31) ‘Fishery managers believe that a few low-decibel pings in the ocean, usually inaudible 300 meters away, have to be better than killing porpoises in Maine or sperm whales in California.’
  • 32) ‘Interrupted forms of locomotion, including wave-riding and porpoising when near the water surface or gliding when descending on a dive, enables marine mammals to mitigate some of these costs.’
  • 33) ‘I shot off reel after reel of film on the oceanic birds following the ship, shared in the watch on the depth finder, watched whales in the distance and penguins porpoising through the water like flying fish.’
  • 34) ‘This fish stripped virtually all the line from the reel and resulted in a fair bit of time to retrieve and then it was off again porpoising across the water - a magnificent sight.’
  • 35) ‘Swimming often includes porpoising (repeatedly breaking the water's surface with enough momentum to lift the bird into the air for about one meter.)’
  • 36) ‘Sea lions gain speed by porpoising, leaping clear of the water and then gliding near the water's surface to minimize resistance.’
  • 37) ‘California sea lions porpoised through the waves to circle our boats.’
  • 38) ‘The approach to James Ross is through the Antarctic Sound, a beautiful stretch of water teeming with wildlife - the ship was joined by hundreds of penguins porpoising along, as well as humpback whales and countless seabirds.’
  • 39) ‘Several adelies are porpoising between the new islands and the ice.’
  • 40) ‘Now we're racing, gliding past the San Francisco waterfront with a sea lion porpoising alongside.’
  • 41) ‘Finally, as the relative thrust decreases, the gains due to porpoising also decrease.’
  • 42) ‘One way around this limitation would have been to adopt a swimming style known as porpoising.’
  • 43) ‘Then potential menace turned to pure joy as two more orcas joined the first and together they porpoised toward the setting sun.’
  • 44) ‘But down by the water's edge porpoising adelie penguins are jumping ashore clean, wet and plump from the icy Southern Ocean.’
  • 45) ‘Although energetically advantageous when swimming near the water surface, both wave-riding and porpoising have been described for only a limited number of marine mammal species moving at high speeds.’
  • 46) ‘He was out with a client who said that he had not seen so many salmon anywhere, and Gary witnessed vast amounts fish head-and-tailing, porpoising their way up-river half-an-hour after high tide.’
  • 47) ‘Since that publication several studies documented porpoising behavior at high speeds.’
  • 48) ‘As we porpoise back to shore, I know that I can go deeper.’
  • 49) ‘The porpoising type of rolling that is so common seemed to be undertaken by tench that were merely working their way along their patrol route.’

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