Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin is a small dolphin, with an adult length of 1.5 to 2.0m. These dolphins have a short black beak and black circles around their eyes. The dorsal fins, flippers and flukes are also black. The black areas of these dolphins have grayish white spots. The abdomon of these dolphins are lighter in color with grayish white dots.

The female Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, have a gestation period of 11.5 months. When the calves are born, they don't have any spots. The spots come gradually as they mature. Calves will feed from the mother dolphins milk until they reach 11 months. After they will solely eat solid foods as the adults, consisting of small fish, squid and the occasional crustaceans. Calving takes place in intervals of 26 months.

When fully matured, the males between 12-15 years of age and females between 9-11 years of age, the Pantropical Spotted Dolphins will be fully spotted. The life span for these mammals is around 40 years of age.

The Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world. They have been documented in groups of only five and as much as 30 in a group. There have been rare occasions when as many as 1000 dolphins have been seen swimming together. Although more research needs to be done about these dolphins, it appears that they don't segregate themselves by sex or age. They are all seen swimming together.

Threats to the Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are mainly from tuna fisherman. The dolphins are incidentally caught in the nets they use for catching their fish. Although incidental catches were as much as 400,000 in 1971, changes to the types of nets used to protect the dolphins from becoming entangled in the nets have brought the incidental deaths of the Pantropical Spotted Dolphins down to 5000 in 1999.