Spotted Dolphins

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are very acrobatic and often ride the bow waves of boats. In the eastern Pacific, they are known to not only associate with other dolphins, but also with tuna;

fishermen use the dolphins to help locate and catch tuna.

While most dolphin pods are organized in a hierarchy based on age, size and sex, it appears that pods of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are not organized into any specific pattern of hierarchy.

One white spotted Dolphin swimming upwart
credit: Jon Cornforth

They feed mostly at night, catching prey near the surface of the water. These small dolphins have a slender body, small and pointed flippers, and a narrow pointed dorsal fin. The dark cape on their upper parts is speckled with pale grey to white spots; their long, thin beak has a white tip and their lips are white.