Common Dolphin

With golden side patches and a beautiful, high pitched whistle, the Common Dolphin is an agile and majestic species. These dolphins may reach a speed of 50km/h.

Written by Jax, May 26 2019

Common Dolphin

With golden side patches and a beautiful, high pitched whistle, the Common Dolphin is an agile and majestic species. These dolphins may reach a speed of 50km/h.

Conservation information

Conservation status: Least Concern

Common Dolphins are considered to be widely spread across the temperate and tropical oceans of the world, feeding mostly on silver schooling fish.

Photographer advice

Common Dolphins are always on the move, so make sure that you are shooting at a higher frame rate.

These Dolphins tend to surface in the same direction again and again, so keep your camera pointed just in front of a group for your best chance to capture them surfacing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How large are these dolphins?

The Common Dolphin is about 2 to 2.5m long, weighing in at approximately 80 – 200 kg.

Calves are born at a size of around 1m in length.

Fun Fact: Common Dolphins can be found in pods measuring up to 10 000 animals, our peak season for sightings is between March and August.

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