Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Has a long beak with a white tip and a slender, spotted body.
Warm temperate waters around the world from 40°N to 40°S
Sharks and killer whales.
Migrate onshore in fall and winter, offshore in spring and summer. In Japan, they move north in summer (concentrate at the nothern boundary of the Kuroshiro current).
Social system/Group size
Usually seen in groups of 2 - 20; sometimes very large groups with distinct subgroups (cow-calf pairs, adult males, juveniles). They aggregate with yellowfin tuna.
Often, incidental catches with yellowfin tuna occur. They are also hunted in Japan and suffer from pollution.
The pantropical spotted dolphin is the second most abundant dolphin in the eastern tropical pacific.