Frequently Confused Animals That Have People Asking ‘Is It This, Or Is It That?’

Nature is quite an exciting concept, especially when you think about how it produces creatures that look very similar and yet are entirely different from one another. More often than not, we tend to confuse these creatures for their look-a-likes. Ever look at a llama and think it was an alpaca? There you go.

How about that seal swimming next to your boat? Or, wait, is it a sea lion? There are such tiny differences between some animals that it can get difficult to tell them apart. Get ready; these pairs of animals are sure to have you confused. Don’t worry, though; we’ll explain their differences!

Dolphin vs. Porpoise

Dolphin Vs. Porpoise
Wild Horizons/Universal Images Group via Getty Images; JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images
Wild Horizons/Universal Images Group via Getty Images; JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

When they’re swimming in the water, it can be kind of challenging to tell if a dolphin or porpoise is next to your boat. Both have long sleek bodies, flippers, dorsal fins, and wide tails. So, what is the best way to tell these two sea creatures apart from one another?

To start, dolphins have long “beaks” with cone-shaped teeth; they’re also quite chatty. Porpoises, on the other hand, have smaller mouths with spade-shaped teeth. Pretty much, scrunch in a dolphins beak, and you have a porpoise!