Name: Phocoena phocoena
Body size: Max length of 2 meters
Max age: Maximum age is 20 years
Distribution: Can be found along coasts around the North Atlantic
Prey: Different species of fish, squid and crustaceans, in the North Sea, particularly mackerel, herring and small herring
Characteristics: Is usually spottet in small herds (2-5 individuals), but can be difficult to spot. Sometimes give the impression of a rolling motion when swimming. The name porpoise is from Old Norse and means "snorting" after the sound it makes when it breathes in water.