Short Beaked Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin.  Photo: WDC

  • Scientific Name: Delphinus delphis
  • Length: up to 9 feet
  • Weight: up to 440 lbs
  • Population seen in the Northeast*: Over 120,000
  • Status: Protected
  • Description: Recognized by a distinct hourglass pattern along the flanks. Rounded head with a somewhat long beak and tall, falcate dorsal fin. Usually found in large social groups with hundreds of individuals consisting or a number or smaller sub-groups grouped by sex or age.

* Western North Atlantic Population

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