Striped Dolphin leaping
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To 9' (2.7 m). Moderately robust; top of head and back
dark gray to bluish gray, sides lighter gray, throat and belly white. Black
stripes on lower half of each side, single or double stripe from eye to
flipper, another from eye to anus, usually with short, ventral branch ending
above and somewhat behind flipper. Beak black, long, sharply defined black
patch around each eye connected to beak. Dark cape on back. Distinctive light
blaze usually extends up and back from light side into cape toward dorsal fin.
Dorsal fin dark, falcate.
Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) has crisscross pattern on sides; darker
back; distinct, black stripe from middle of lower jaw to flippers.
Warmer temperate and tropical waters
off edge of continental shelf; warm fingers of water on northern areas.
In Atlantic from Halifax, Nova Scotia,
to Lesser Antilles, including Gulf of Mexico. In Pacific from Bering Sea to NW.
Other common names
for the Striped Dolphin are Meyen's Dolphin, Blue-white Dolphin, Gray's
Dolphin, Striped Porpoise, Streaker Porpoise, Euphrosyne Dolphin, and
Whitebelly. These animals, which often occur in large herds of several hundred
individuals, may ride bow waves and jump clear of the water. They feed at
mid-depths on fishes, squids, and crustaceans. They often associate with
schools of tunas in the eastern Pacific, and many Striped Dolphins are killed
by accident when caught with the tunas in purse seines. Successful efforts are
being made to reduce these losses.
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