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Common dolphin with calf
Common Dolphin
Common Dolphins
Common Dolphin
The term common dolphin tends to refer to the short-beaked common dolphin and the long-beaked common dolphin that are found in warmer seas worldwide.

The common dolphin is generally found around the Mediterranean Sea but are also commonly seen in deep off-shore waters and to a lesser extent over continental shelves that are preferred to shallower waters. Some populations of dolphin may be present all year round, others appear to move in a migratory pattern.

Common dolphins travel in groups of around 10-50 in number and frequently gather into schools numbering 100 to 2000 individuals. These schools are generally very active socially with groups often surfacing, jumping and splashing together. Typical dolphin behaviour includes breaching, tail-slapping, chin-slapping, bow-riding and porpoising.

Common dolphins are among the fastest swimming marine mammals, with some possibly reaching speeds of over 40 km/h. Dolphins have been known to use both their speed and large group sizes to develop different ways of hunting prey.


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Dolphin Translations

German Deutsch
Gemeiner Delfin
 
English English
Common Dolphin
 
Hungarian Magyar
Közönséges delfin
 
Japanese 日本語
マイルカ
 
Dutch Nederlands
Gewone dolfijn
 
Polish Polski
Delfin zwyczajny
 
Swedish Svenska
Delfin
 
Turkish Türkçe
Tırtak
 

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Dolphin Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Cetacean
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Delphinidae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Delphinus Delphis
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2m - 4m (6.5ft - 13ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
100kg - 300kg (220lbs - 660lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
40km/h (25mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
20 - 45 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Pod
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Smooth
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Temperate coastal waters, harbours and bays
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Crab, Squid
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Sharks, Killer Whale
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Rounded dorsal in and striped skin

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