Risso’s Dolphin

Risso’s Dolphin

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusGrampus
Binomial nameGrampus griseus

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Description

Risso’s dolphin looks completely different from any other species of dolphin.

They are heavily scarred, either from squid or from each other when playing or fighting. They have a bulbous, large head with a beak that is not distinct.

Risso’s dolphin have a crease on the front of the melon, with the dark dorsal fin, flipper and flukes.

They are various colors, ranging from light white to dark gray.

They are large growing from 12.5-13.5 ft (3.8-4.1m) and weighing from 660-1,100 lb,