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Gray's Spinner Dolphin

Stenella longirostris


Dark grey backs, light grey bellies, and bottle-shaped noses. This pod was between 8 and 10 dolphins - it was a bit hard to tell since they never stopped playing with each other and playing catch-up with the front of the boat.


I came across these dolphins in the open waters of the southern Caribbean Sea, a good 10 hours out of Cartagena, Colombia coming from the San Blas of Panama.


There was absolutely no land in sight, and no warning these dolphins were coming up on us. Honestly I thought someone had fallen off the boat when I heard the first splash, but instead I was lucky to be the person on the boat who yelled, "Dolphins!"

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Elsa 9 years ago
Spinner dolphin
Stenella longirostris Spinner dolphin

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Curator of Good
Curator of Good 9 years ago

I didn't think the snouts were that long when I first put them up, but on further consideration I think you're right. Thanks.

Elsa 9 years ago

Hi Curator of Good, this is an awesome spotting! However, looks like what you've got are spinner dolphins :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


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Córdoba, Colombia

Spotted on Oct 20, 2010
Submitted on Nov 11, 2011

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