Striped Dolphin Fun Fact

Hello everyone! Today the sea conditions weren’t so good so, unfortunately, we stayed on land ☹ Nevertheless in these days we always have something for you guys, and today we will bring you something about our beautiful Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

This is a migratory species who turns up in the Azores and that can be seen mostly in summer, between May and October, when the water is still warm.

 

 

They have a very distinct pattern with blue and white stripes along the body and, just like the other dolphins, with a lighter belly. The male striped dolphin is measured between 1.8-2.7 meters and the females 1.9-2.4 meters. This dolphin feeds on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans, although their diet varies according to the location.

This species is very active and when we see them on the sea they are very fast. They are very acrobatic dolphins! When they’re socializing they can jump up to 7 meters above the surface, that’s pretty impressive! In the Azores they mostly pass by and they don’t approach vessels very much, although on the Mediterranean Sea they’re actually more active and approach vessels more often.

 

 

 

But still, it’s a pretty view and a big opportunity to spot them here with Terra Azul, so come visit us!

Vanessa Costa

About Vanessa Costa

Vanessa is Marine Biologist and Marine Wildlife Guide and is responsible for Environmental Conservation at TERRA AZUL. She enjoys being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying visitors and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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