Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusStenelaa
Binomial nameStenelaa frontalis

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

Also known as the spotter porpoise, the Atlantic spotted dolphin has a large body, growing from 5.6-7.5 ft (1.7-2.3m).

Their weight is between 220-315 lb with females slightly smaller. They have a long beak which is stubby, separated from the melon with a crease.

They are spotted on the sides when they are adults and generally have a color pattern that is three-toned. Their dorsal fin is tall and centered in the middle. They can be seen in pods of 50, although most are seen in small groups of 5-15.