Further names: Portuguese: Golfinho-pintado-do-Atlântico
Size of adults: 1.7 – 2.3 m
Prey: Fish, squid and bottom-dwelling invertebrates.
Behaviour: Fast swimming, interactive species, often leaping or boarding near vessels. In certain areas, they even approach people in the water (Bahamas, USA).
Range: Warm temperate to tropical waters of the Northern and Southern Atlantic.
Madeira: Seasonal species. More abundant in the summer months.
Distinctive features: Head and body shape rather sturdy. Long beak with white tip. Dark grey cape on the back reaching from the head to the tail-fin and white belly. Clearly visible, falcate (sickle-shaped) dorsal fin. Adults with distinctive spotted coloration.
Taxonomy: Suborder: Odontoceti (Toothed whales), Family: Delphinidae (Dolphins)
Threats: No reliable information on population size. Threatened by being caught in fishing nets as bycatch or through entanglement.