Finless porpoises are small and cryptic and therefore difficult to survey. Estimates of abundance have been made for only a few areas (Jefferson and Hung 2004, IWC 2006) but mostly in regions where the Narrow-ridged species (N. asiaeorientalis) dominates, if not exists solely.
Numbers of Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoises in Hong Kong and adjacent waters were estimated to be at least 217 (CV= 21-150%) (Jefferson et al. 2002a). An estimate for the coastal waters of Bangladesh was 1,382 (CV=55%) but the density was very low compared to reported densities of Narrow-ridged Finless Porpoises in Japanese waters (Smith et al. 2008).