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Common Dolphin

Delphinus delphis


Short-beaked common dolphins are small dolphins under 9 ft (2.7 m) long and weigh about 440 lbs (200 kg). As adults, males are slightly larger than females. They have a rounded "melon", moderately long beak, and a sleek but robust body with a tall, pointed, triangular, "falcate" "dorsal" fin located in the middle of the back.


San Clemente, Ca.


I was photographing the sea gull standing on some giant kelp floating on the ocean's surface. Just as I snapped the picture, this fin popped up.

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San Clemente, California, USA

Spotted on May 26, 2013
Submitted on Jun 17, 2013

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