Friday, July 31, 2009

Spinner Dolphin

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Spinner Dolphin
(Stenella longirostris)

Spinner Dolphin  - Stenella longirostris
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Spinner dolphins commonly form large groups, often with other species, including other dolphins and even tuna.  Unfortunately, this has made them a common casualty of the tuna fishery.

Found throughout the world's tropical oceans.

Found on reef slopes and out in the open ocean.

Spinner dolphins feed on fish and squid.

Quick Fact
Spinner dolphins are known for their acrobatics, and frequently jump out of the water and spin through the air. They, like other dolphins, use echolocation to navigate and track prey, and often feed at night.

Learn More

- Moorea Biocode Database

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