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Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Stenella frontalis

Description:

Atlantic spotted dolphins can grow from 5-7 feet long and can weigh up to 300 lbs. They are found in the Atlantic Gulf Stream and adults are known to have more spotted skin coloration than dolphins under 1 yrs old. They are considered acrobatic swimmers and have been known to surf on waves made from large sea vessels.

Habitat:

The Atlantic spotted dolphin can be found in the temperate and tropical areas of the Atlantic. They are known to travel in groups of 50 to 200. They eat small fish, invertebrates, squid and octopuses.

Notes:

What a special encounter on our Pelagic birding trip. We traveled 40-60 miles out to the Atlantic shelf. Once there, the primary mission of the ship Capt., Michael Brothers, was to release two baby sea turtles from the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Florida.

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2 Comments

robert emond
robert emond a week ago

Thank you AntónioGinjaGinja. It is an honor to be nominated.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

robert emond
Spotted by
robert emond

Lat: 29.37, Long: -79.90

Spotted on Jul 25, 2016
Submitted on Jul 4, 2019

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