Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
Large body and short beak. Unusually large, curved dorsal fin. Their back, fluke, and lips are black. Their sides, dorsal fin, and flippers are gray. Their belly is white. On both sides of the dorsal fin, a white or light gray stripe, extends from the eyes to the tail.
Extremely playful, highly social. Can be seen "bow riding" and doing somersaults. Often seen with other cetaceans, such as Northern right whale dolphins and Risso's dolphins.
Pelagic. Western Pacific Ocean from the South Bering Sea to southern Japan.
Humans, Orcas, Sharks
Social system/Group size
Generally, group size ranges from 10-100 animals. Can be seen in pods of up to 1,000 animals.
By-catch. Harpooning and drive fisheries in Japan.
Erin Rechsteiner-research on diet, distribution, and food requirements