Spinner dolphin, long-snouted dolphin
Spinner dolphins are renowned for their fantastic acrobatic displays.
Possibly five or more, including a dwarf variety in Gulf of Thailand.
Body length: 1.3-2.1m, Weight: 45-75kg.
Spinner dolphins are slender-bodied with a dark grey back, pearl sides and a white belly. The beak is long and slender, and they have a tall erect dorsal fin.
They live in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, often near islands.
They feed on fish, squid and shrimp.
Spinner dolphins typically occur in schools of 5-200 individuals, although groupings of 1,000 individuals have been reported. They are very sociable with their own species and other species, such as spotted dolphins.
They are classified as Lower Risk by the IUCN Red List.
Spinner dolphins spin on a longitudinal axis.