Risso's dolphin

(grampus griseus)

Le dauphin Risso

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

Its coloring varies all along its life. The young is dark grey, then, with the time, its body becomes whiter and whiter because its epidermis is made of an upper coat that does not get recreated when it is injured and let definitely appear the under light coat.
Dorsal fin in form of claw, more long than high. Length : between 3 and 4 meters, weight between 300 and 500 Kgs. No rostrum. Rounded head.

Its life expectancy is from 20 to 30 years. It essentially eats squids.

These are coastal and migratory dolphins. You might see them in May, June, then when they come back in October.

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