our-rough-toothed-dolphins-472x295Adult Male: 2.2 and 2.6 m (7ft-8ft 6in) in length

Adult Female: 2.3 and 2.4 m (7ft 6in and 8 ft).

Newborns: 1m (39 inches)

Distribution: Seen in deep, offshore, warm waters. Avoid places with cold currents

Physical Description: Unlike other dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins do not have prominent beaks with a crease between their beak and forehead. Instead they have a long narrow beak that slopes smoothly into the forehead.

Group Size: Rough-toothed dolphins are commonly seen in groups of about 10-20, sometimes up to 50 individuals. They are occasionally seen in groups of several hundred and mixed with other groups of dolphins.

Behavior: Rough-toothed dolphins are fast swimmers and often swim just under the surface with the dorsal fin and part of the back showing above the water. Sometimes they swim with only their head showing above the water – this is called porpoising. They can stay under water for up to 15 minutes. They can be seen to bow ride, though not as often as other dolphins.

Diet: They eat a variety of fish, squid and octopus.


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