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White Sided Dolphins  by Allan McDonald of Whales-n-sails Adventures
by Allan McDonald of Whales-n-sails Adventures
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin
(Lagenorhynchus acutus)

Atlantic white-sided dolphin actively seek moving vessels and are acrobatic at the surface. They often travel in groups ranging from less than ten to 500 or more. The typically dive for less than five minutes and usually do not have a visible blow unless the right conditions of light, humidity or temperature are present. The dolphins probably move offshore in the winter, arriving in the Bay of Fundy in the summer. White-sided dolphins are not usually seen from shore. Dolphin populations are not considered threatened.

Size:
Max. length of 3m (10')

Colour:
Black with white and yellow flank patches and white belly

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Dive with out lifting tail. Blow not readily visible. Curved dorsal fin. Conical-shaped teeth. Pointed snout.

Diet:
Fish, squid, some crustaceans.
Calving:
June-July

Weaning:
1.5 years

Occurrence - Bay of Fundy:
Occasional-Common

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