our-spotted-dolphins-472x295Adult Male: 6.5 to 8.5 feet (2 – 2.6 m)

Adult Female: 6 to 8 feet (1.9 – 2.4 m)

Newborns: 2.5 feet (0.7 m)

Distribution: Coastal to offshore. Mainly tropical, some subtropical and warm temperate world waters

Physical Description: Spots are the defining characteristics of this species in adults. New borns and young individuals, however, are generally uniformly colored. This species has a long thin beak and the chin, throat and belly are white to pale grey with a limited amount of spots.

Group Size: They swim in schools ranging from a few to a few thousand individuals and are quite active.

Behavior: The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin is very active and commonly makes large leaps from the sea. They exhibit a wide variety of aerial behavior, but not spinning. They are very active at the surface, bowriding, leaping to great heights, porpoising, and lobtailling.

Reproduction: The breeding system is unknown but may be similar to the spinner dolphin. Breeding is seasonal. Females reach maturity at 9-11 years old, males at 12-15 years. Gestation is up to 11.5 months. The calf is around 80-85 cm long.

Scientific name: Stenella attenuata

Diet: They eat a variety of fish and squid on the surface and mid-water regions.

Longevity: Estimated to live up to 45 years.

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