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Spinner Dolphin


Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

Binomial nameStenella longirostis

Range Map

Range of species in blue


The spinner dolphin is named for its aerobatics. They are fast swimmers and are known to bow-ride. The spinner dolphin can spin up to seven times in the air before re-entering the water. 

Spinner dolphins are slender weighing between 130-180 lb. They grow from 4.3-7.9 ft (1.3-2.4m). They have a color pattern that is three-toned with a dark stripe from the eye to the flipper.

They have a long beak with a dark tip and a sloping melon. Some males have a forward-leaning dorsal fin which is tall and erect.

The spinner dolphin was the second most affected dolphin by tuna fishing after the Pantropical spotted dolphin.