Species: Lagenodelphis hosei
2 to 2.7 m, weighing 160 to 210 kg
Around 18 years
It lives in open seas at depths below 500 m and in all tropical and subtropical oceans.
Sexually mature between 5 and 10 years old, it breeds all year round and gives birth to a calf after a 12-month gestation period and approximately every 2 years.
It feeds on a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods hunted in groups in deep waters and on the surface.
Morphological characteristics for distinction at sea
- Head: short rostrum
- Fins and flippers: small and triangular dorsal fin, short and pointed pectoral fins
- Colouring: grey/blue back and whitish pink belly
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Did you know?
Fraser's Dolphin is sometimes referred to as the 'piggy dolphin' because of its stocky appearance and pink belly.