Dolphins in Los Cabos | Spotted Dolphin
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Spotted Dolphin


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This sleek, long dolphin has a distinct coloration: its back is covered in a dark gray patch of skin or "saddle' that spreads from its front to past the dorsal fin. Small white spots cover the dark area, and dark spots speckle the creamy white belly. It also has a dark patch over the eyes and several other distinct dark lines on the face and body. The dorsal fin is curved and the flukes and flippers are small and pointed. The size of the spotted dolphin can vary, but individuals in coastal populations tend to be larger.

These dolphins can gather in groups of 1,000 or more individuals, and these super pods are often seen by fishermen during tuna season. Spotted dolphin pods include both sexes and all ages, and sometimes they blend schools with other dolphin species as well, such as the spinner and long-beaked common dolphins. These agile dolphins can swim up to 28 km/h and may speed next to the whale-watching boats, performing acrobatic leaps.

A female Spotted dolphin will have one calf every 2 to 3 years, after an 11½ -month gestation period; the calf will rely on her milk for 18 months. These dolphins can live for up to 45 years, but tragically, thousands are killed every year in nets set for yellow fin tuna. Because the spotted dolphin's diet is similar to this tuna, the dolphins are often with them, and sometimes fishermen purposefully follow the dolphins to the tuna-and subsequently pull them in with the catch. If you want to play your part in preventing this, please try to buy only tuna marked clearly as “Caught by pole and line”.

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