Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are very acrobatic and often ride the bow waves of boats. In the eastern Pacific, they are known to not only associate with other dolphins, but also with tuna; fishermen use the dolphins to help locate and catch tuna. While most dolphin pods are organized in a hierarchy based on age, size and sex, it appears that pods of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are not organized into any specific pattern of hierarchy. They feed mostly at night, catching prey near the surface of the water. These small dolphins have a slender body, small and pointed flippers, and a narrow pointed dorsal fin. The dark cape on their upperparts is speckled with pale grey to white spots; their long, thin beak has a white tip and their lips are white.


 Least Concern (LC)
 Stenella attenuata
SIZE 1.5 to 2.5 meters
WEIGHT 114 kilos
HABITAT Coastal waters and pelagic
DIET Small fish, squid and crustaceans such as shrimp



Posted on

28 November 2016