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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
Dutch Nederlands
Gewone dolfijn
Polish Polski
Delfin zwyczajny
Swedish Svenska
Turkish Türkçe

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Dolphin Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Delphinus Delphis
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2m - 4m (6.5ft - 13ft)
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
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Fish
The specific area where the animal lives...
Temperate coastal waters, harbours and bays
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Crab, Squid
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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