Has a long beak. The upper jaw is blue and gray and the lower jaw is pink and white. The body is dark gray with lighter spots and many scars.
Known to be fast swimmers. They can dive for up to 15 minutes.
Deep oceanic waters; found off the coast of Kaua’i, Ni’ihau, and O’ahu of the Hawaiian Islands, the Mediterranean Sea, the Sicily Channel, Tahiti, Moorea, and the Windward Islands
Do not migrate.
Social system/Group size
Usually seen in groups of 10 - 30; sometimes mixed groups with pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins and spinner dolphin.
The major threat is entanglement in fishing gear, but the Irrawaddy dolphin is also known to suffer from the building of dams, overfishing and pollution, especially close to the shore or in estuaries.
It is the only true dolphin species with a long beak.