Rare porpoises thriving near Kansai Airport

posted on October 2, 2015

Rare finless porpoises seem to be breeding in waters off Kansai International Airport.

A series of recent aerial studies have confirmed pods comprising of 20 or more of the mammals in Osaka Bay near the airport.

Some pods have included young porpoises, which measure about one meter, half the length of an adult.

Experts said the sightings of such large groups is rare as the population of the animals has been decreasing due to environment problems.

"Young finless porpoises have been confirmed there multiple times so the waters around the Kansai Airport have likely become an area where finless porpoises raise their young," said Hideyoshi Yoshida, a senior researcher at National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries.

The finless porpoise is a small marine mammal that inhabits waters from the Persian Gulf to Japan.

source by newsonjapan
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