Species: Stenella frontalis
1.6 to 2.3 m, weighing 100 to 140 kg
Up to 50 years
Present in the western and south-eastern Atlantic, the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin thrives in tropical waters near the coast and offshore. However, it is little-present in the West Indies and is rather found in the Bahamas where it prefers shallow sandy depths.
Little is known about the reproduction of the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin. However, it is known that gestation lasts 11 to 12 months and it gives birth every 3 to 4 years.
They feed on fish, crustaceans and cephalopods when close to the coast. Offshore, their diet consists more of pelagic fish and squid.
Morphological characteristics for distinction at sea
- Head: melon/beak demarcation
- Fins: high sickle-shaped dorsal fin
- Swim sequence: swims fast, often attracted to fast boats
- Colouring: light to dark grey coat
Did you know?
The Atlantic Spotted Dolphin enjoys the company of other species, especially the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).
Banner photo credit: Laurent Bouveret/OMMAG