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Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba


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Striped Dolphin leaping
credit: Scott Hill

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Family: Delphinidae, Ocean Dolphins view all from this family

Description Unique with dark eye-to-anus stripe and a pale marking below dorsal fin. Typically grayish, but may include blue or brown tones. Belly is white or pink. Specific stripe pattern is variable, but most originate from the eye.

Dimensions 8-2.5m, 110-156kg

Habitat Offshore waters

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, California, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska

Discussion Feeds on fish, shrimp, and squid. Known for “roto-tailing,” rapidly rotating the tail while leaping out of the water. Groups of 10-500 use deep water along both coasts.