Mammalia | Cetacea
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 270 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 210.0 kg (Ref. 1394)
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 500 - 1100 m (Ref. 80612)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific.
Robust. Short beak, subtriangular to weakly falcate dorsal fin, pointed flippers, and relatively small concave flukes. Dark bluish to brownish-gray dorsal cape, pale gray flank, and white to pinkish belly. Wide dark gray to black stripe extending from the eye to the anus, conspicuously set off by thin pale cream-colored borders.
Can also be seen near shore where deep water approaches the coast; pantropical distribution. Feeds on mid-water fish, squid and crustaceans (Ref. 1394). Dolphins are directly caught for use as shark-bait in Sta. Ana and Aparri, Philippines (Ref. 77119). Often seen near shore, along the outer continental shelf and in deep oceanic waters (Ref. 80620). Feeds on mid-water fish, squid and crustaceans (Ref. 1394). Occasionally sighted with melon-headed whales, Peponocephala electra. (Ref. 80612). Does not show strong evidence of seasonality in calving (Ref. 80616). Common birth length: 100 cm (Ref. 75906).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
FAO(fisheries: | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us
Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100)