The spinner dolphin is a tiny, thin cetacean with a triangular dorsal fin and a relatively long, slender snout. Depending on the region, this species has a wide range in size and coloration. However, all spinner dolphins have white or light gray underparts and a dark gray or light gray back and flanks. From the eye to the flipper, these creatures have a deeper gray band bordered above by a narrow pale stripe.
This lively mammal is the most often-seen cetacean in certain tropical open waters. The animal is well recognized for its acrobatic feats, which include riding a bow or spinning very high in the air.
These piscivorous (fish-eating) cetaceans mostly eat animals that migrate vertically. Along with epipelagic and mesopelagic squid and shrimp, they also eat mesopelagic fish.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No