Mammals

Dolphins

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More about  Dolphins

Dolphins are cetaceans that live in waters where there is an abundant food supply.  Some species of dolphins prefer to live in the Galapagos and remain around the archipelago for years, making of the islands their permanent home. Some others go through the archipelago in migration paths.

The usual sightings in the islands are the bottlenose dolphin, the Risso’s dolphin, and the common dolphin, which can be seen swimming next to our cruise or in panga rides. During the migration months (from June to October), there is a special occasion where species such as killer whales, spotted dolphins, Fraser’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped dolphins, and more can also be seen around Isabela and Fernandina islands.

Their diet consists of small fish, crustaceans, squids, and other cephalopods.

The bottlenose dolphin can be seen in small or large pods and can be identified by its long snout and gray body. It prefers deep, cooler waters and varies in length from 2 to 4 m. It is a friendly and curious animal that will approach divers and, in recorded cases, will even help them when injured or in danger.

Risso’s dolphin can be recognized by its big head, absent snout, scarred skin, and small teeth. It prefers temperate waters and it has a dorsal fin similar to a shark. The skin is grey and of a lighter gray on the chin. It has an average length of 3.8 m. It lives in pods of 3 to 50 individuals and can swim along with other cetaceans such as whales or other dolphins.

Three species make up the genus of the common dolphin: the short-beaked dolphin, the long-beaked dolphin, and the Arabian common dolphin. Their habitat is in warm deep waters between the subtropical and tropical regions. Physically, they look similar to the striped dolphin, although they have a soft white pattern on the sides and in the tail. The common dolphin can grow to a length between 1.7 to 2.4 m and may travel in large groups.

Places where you may see this animal:

Dolphins
  • Animal Group: Mammals
  • Scientific Name: Delphinidae
  • Animal Average Size: 2 - 9 mts
  • Animal Average Weight: 70 - 500 kg

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