Striped Dolphin

Striped-dolphin

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusStenella
Binomial nameStenella coeruleoalba

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Description

The striped dolphin takes their name from the dark stripes that run down the sides of their bodies.

Striped dolphins have a gray or blue-gray cape on the dorsal side, with stripes from the eye to the flipper along their sides.

They can have stripes with colors of pink and blue on their sides as well. They grow from 5.9-8.9 ft (1.8-2.7m) and weight from 200-360 lb.

Striped dolphins have some amazing behaviors, able to leap up to 23 ft, with belly flops and somersaults seeming no trouble.

They also roto-tail when they come out of the water. This involves moving their tails in circles as they leap out of the water.