FLORENCE, Ore. - State marine researchers testing out a camera system for surveying schools of fish encountered Pacific white-sided dolphins off the Central Oregon Coast last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
"Yup, we do have dolphins off the Oregon Coast," the department said in a statement.
"Pacific white-sided dolphins are lesser-known relatives of the bottlenose dolphin, but equally as charismatic, acrobatic and agile," according to ODFW. "This species lives in the cooler waters of the northern Pacific and generally prefers deeper, offshore waters around the continental shelf. They often travel in groups of 10 to 100 individuals and can live up to 40 years or more."
The more you know!