Creature Feature - Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Creature Feature – Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

This week’s featured creature is the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin. This species of dolphin is fast-swimming and found in warmer waters. It is famous for it’s older individuals having a very distinctive spotted colouration. The degree of spottiness and their colouration pattern varies with age and location. 

Creature Feature - Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Taxonomy

Scientific Name: Stenella frontalis 

Phylum: Chordata

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Delphinidae

Genus: Stenella

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Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Fact File

? Size: Individuals can grow up to 2.3m long and weigh up to 143kg

? Distribution: This species is only found in the Atlantic Ocean where they prefer warm or very warm (tropical) offshore locations

? Diet: They have a varied diet; they eat small fish, invertebrates, and squid/octopus

? Behaviour: Fast-swimmers, like many dolphin species, they are acrobatic, and curious – they have been observed approach boats from a distance to bowride. Different populations of spotted dolphins around the world have different social structures and habits. They usually form groups of five to 50 individuals but sometimes travel in groups of up to 200

? IUCN Status: Least Concern. Last assessed in 2018, this species is not endangered. However, like many marine species, they are threatened by bycatch