The Common Dolphin

(delphinus delphis)

Le dauphin commun

Class : Mammals
Order : Cetaceans
Suborder : Odontoceti (toothed whales)
Family : Delphinidae
Genus : Delphinus

We recognize him thanks to its dark back and pectoral fins from its rostrum to its caudal fin while its front sides and stomach are almost white.
On its back sides, a grey zone gives form to a triangle in form of a flattened X that we could compare to a minute glass. Its dorsal fin is clearly sickle formed. Maximum length is 2.50m for males and 2.30m for females.
Average weight between 70 and 100 kgs. Its life expectancy is from 25 to 30 years.

It hunts in group by repulsing fishes towards the surface before eating them.
We frequently see them in August and September accompanying sometimes a group of white and blue dolphins.


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