Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Species: Stenella attenuata
1.6 to 2.6 m, weighing 90 to 119 kg
Around 40 years
To find their way around and communicate, dolphins like the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin use echolocation clicks that you can listen to below:
The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin is found in all tropical and subtropical seas, between 30-40°N and 20-40°S. It lives both along the coast and offshore. It is one of the most common species found in the waters of the Agoa Sanctuary.
Sexual maturity is reached between 9 and 12 years of age. Gestation lasts about 10 to 12 months, and birth systematically takes place in May or September.
It feeds mainly on fish swimming near the surface (mackerel, flying fish, etc.), but also on crustaceans and cephalopods in coastal areas.
Morphological characteristics for identification at sea
- Head: lips and tip of beak usually bright white, dark stripes in front of the eyes and pectoral fins
- Fins: slender, small sickle-shaped dorsal fin
- Behavioural: breaching, groups of many individuals (10 to several hundreds)
- Colouring: light-coloured coat with a cape running down to the flanks, the adult skin is spotted, and the rostrum tip of older individuals may be white
Click on the link to see the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin in 3D:
Did you know?
The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin often lives together with the Yellowfin Tuna. Unfortunately, this means that it is often caught in tuna fishing boat nets.
Banner photo credit: Laurent Bouveret / OMMAG