Atlantic spotted dolphins are acrobatic animals that enjoy riding the bow waves of boats and leaping out of the water. Underneath all this playfulness they are highly intelligent and social animals with complex relationships and behaviours. They will school with spinner dolphins and hunt fish and squid with bottlenose dolphins. The young are born spotless, acquiring the characteristic patterning during weaning. Thereafter the number of spots increases with age. Some individuals are so completely covered with spots they appear white. These dolphins inhabit the warm and tropical latitudes of the Atlantic and are best seen in the crystal clear water off the Bahamas.
Scientific name: Stenella frontalis
The following habitats are found across the Atlantic spotted dolphin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) is a dolphin found in the Gulf Stream of the North Atlantic Ocean. Older members of the species have a very distinctive spotted coloration all over their bodies.
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