Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusDelphinus
Binomial nameDelphinus Delphi’s

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The short-beaked common dolphin is also known as the common porpoise. Males are slightly larger than females with sizes between 5.2-8.9 ft (1.6-2.7m) and a weight of 155-440 lb.

Short-beaked common dolphins are fast swimmers and can be seen bow-riding alongside ships. Herds of this species can be seen in sizes ranging from 10 up to 10,000.

They have a short beak with a dark cape with a ‘v’ shape under the fin. They have a white underside and yellow or tan patches on their sides.