Atlantic white-sided dolphin
2 - 2.8m
Yellow and grey
Atlantic white-sided dolphins are robust and have an abnormally thick tailstock. They have a distinct colour pattern; a dark back and dorsal fin, grey sides and white underbelly. They also have a thin white stripe along their flank, which goes to a yellow-tan colour on the tail stock. They have a slopping head and a tall curved dorsal fin.
- Slender head and short beak
- Tall, dark, falcate dorsal fin
- Distinctive yellow, grey and white patterned flanks
- Highly energetic and acrobatic
The Atlantic white-sided dolphin is a fast swimmer revealing only their upper back as they pass through the water. They are also known for their acrobatics, often exhibiting exuberant breaching and tail-slapping displays. They are sociable dolphins that like to hang out with large whales, riding in their bow waves. The are found in groups of 1-15 individuals, but huge aggregations occur in deep offshore waters.
The range of the Atlantic white-sided dolphin is similar to the white-beaked dolphin; it’s confined to the cool temperate and sub-arctic waters of the North Atlantic especially over the continental shelf and slope.
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