The color varies depending on region and subspecies. They all have long and slender beaks.
Known to leap and spin on body axis above water, sometimes up to 14 leaps in a row.
Deep oean, but coastal in Hawaii. All tropical and subtropical oceans.
613,000 for the eastern stock
Social system/Group size
Seen in large groups with mother/calf bonds being persistent. Individuals move freely between the groups. Sometimes found in mixed groups with humpback or bottlenose dolphins.
Entanglement in fishing gear (mainly in the tuna drift-net fishery) and tourists interrupting their rest and sleep time (Hawaii) are the biggest threats.
One leap can have up to four body revolutions.