Long-beaked Common Dolphin

Long-Beaked Common Dolphin In Pacific Ocean

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusDelphinus
Binomial nameDelphinus capensis

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Description

The long-beaked common dolphin grows between 6.2-8.5 ft (1.9-2.6m) and weighs between 155-220 lb. They can be seen in herds between 10 and 10,000, and bow-ride in front of boats.

Long-beaked common dolphins have a single calf after a gestation period of 10-11 months. They have a long beak, with a dark cape on the dorsal side, with a ‘v’ under the fin.

They have a white underside with yellow or tan patches on the side. They are similar to the short-beaked common dolphin, but their colors are more muted, with a less bulging melon at the front.