Tricks to recognize a common dolphin
Long-beaked common dolphin
Long-beaked common dolphins in the subregion reach maximun lengths of 2.5 m in males and 2.2 m in females.
Common dolphins are relatively easy to distinguish from other small dolphins at sea from the distinctive criss-cross marking on the side.
Dark cape, in V-shape below dorsal fin, hourglass pattern on flank (yellow front-grey tailstock).
Tall triangular to falcate dorsal fin
Dark, narrow and pointy
Long beak and slender head with flattened melon
Usually in large groups, up to 100 individuals
Fast swimmers, often acrobatic. They seem to be compulsive bow-riders and in general highly vocal, producing clicks, whistles, squeaks and creaks.
Present year round, more common in late summer