• Scientific Name:
    Delphinus delphis
  • Adult Length:
    1.7 - 2.4 m (5.5 - 7.8 ft)
  • Behavior:
    Highly active, fast swimmer capable of impressive acrobatics
    Common dolphin
  • Group size:
    1 - 2000
    Common dolphin
Common Dolphins

Frequent offshore, occasional inshore.


This small and acrobatic dolphin is very similar in shape to the Striped Dolphin and Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, so identification in poor light can be difficult. In good light this species is easily identified by its coloration and patterning. The dorsal fin and cape are black, with the cape dropping to form a 'V' -shape on the flanks below the dorsal fin. The flank is colored in a criss-crossed pattern with yellow-buff from the eye to the dorsal fin, and with grey between the dorsal fin and the mil. The base of the dorsal fin is often pale and a black line runs between the beak and the flipper.

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