Often seen riding the bow waves of boats or performing acrobatic leaps out of the water

One of the most well-known and widely distributed marine mammals. Common dolphins have a sleek, streamlined body that is ideal for swift swimming. Their coloration is distinctive, featuring a beautiful pattern of dark gray or black on their backs, white on their bellies, and a unique hourglass or crisscross pattern of light gray or yellow on their sides.

These dolphins inhabit both temperate and tropical oceans, with a preference for coastal waters and areas with abundant fish. They are found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and many other regions. Common dolphins are highly adaptable and can live in a variety of marine environments, from shallow coastal areas to deeper offshore waters.

Common dolphins are social animals, living in groups called pods. These pods can range in size from just a few individuals to several hundred. Occasionally, superpods consisting of thousands of dolphins can be observed, especially in areas with plentiful food. Within these pods, dolphins communicate using a complex system of clicks, whistles, and body language, enabling them to coordinate hunting, navigate, and socialize.

Their diet mainly consists of small fish and squid. They are skilled hunters, often working together to herd fish into tight groups, making them easier to catch. Common dolphins employ various hunting techniques, including chasing fish toward the surface or using their echolocation abilities to locate prey in murky waters. Their cooperative hunting strategies highlight their intelligence and strong social bonds.