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Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

CRESLI Whale Watch

The short-beaked common dolphin is one of the most abundant dolphins in the Western North Atlantic, with an estimated 67,191.  The dolphin is usually found in small social groups of between 10 and 20, but can be found in larger aggregations of hundreds (or thousands). Their distinctive side colors with V-shaped dark cape and hourglass pattern with a yellow/tan anterior section, are characteristic.

Adult D delphis are 7.5 - 8.5 feet in length and may weigh up to 300 lbs.  Calfs are about 32 in. at birth. and feeds on mother's milk for 4 months.  Common dolphins reach sexual maturity at 3-5 years of age and may live until 30 year old.

Common dolphins are nomadic and can be found swimming and porpoising  throughout the world's oceans in sub-tropical to temperate waters including New York.

common dolphins

common dolphin

Here's a video of common dolphins about 20 miles south of Montauk Point on 7/31/2011.

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