Species: Stenella longirostris longirostris
1.3 to 2.4 m, weighing 55 to 80 kg
From 20 to 26 years
The Spinner Dolphin lives in warm surface waters near the coast and reefs during the day and offshore at night. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters.
Sexual maturity is reached between 4 and 10 years. The Spinner Dolphin can then give birth to one calf every 3 years after a 10 to 11-month gestation period. A peak in births is observed between June and September.
It feeds on fish, molluscs and some crustaceans, and migrates to follow shoals of fish.
Morphological characteristics for identification at sea
- Head: very long and thin rostrum, elongated "melon" shape
- Fins: triangular dorsal fin with a straight tip
- Colouring: dark grey back, light grey sides, white belly, dark band from eyes to pectorals, black lips and black rostrum tip
Did you know?
It performs spectacular twisting jumps doing up to 8 complete turns.
Banner photo credit: Laurent Bouveret / OMMAG