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Atlantic Humpback Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Sousa teuszii
Length:
2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Weight:
150 kg (330 lbs)
Status:
rare
Prey:
Fish (mullet), squid and octopus

Physical characteristics

Colored gray with speckled markings. Has a long beak, a large melon and a hump at the base of the dorsal fin.

Behavioral characterization

Usually dive for up to 3 minutes and are known to breach.

Distribution

Eastern tropical Atlantic

Population size

Low thousands

Predators

Sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

There is a seasonal migration, during which exchanges of individuals between known population distribution centers happen.

Social system/Group size

Usually in groups of 1 - 25.

Major threats

They are threatened by entanglement in anti-shark nets, overfishing and habitat degradation.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The hump at the dosal fin is not seen in young and develops before they reach maturity.