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Common dolphin

Scientific Name: Delphinus delphis (Linnaeus, 1758). Common Name: Common dolphin. Classification: Odontoceti, family Delphinidae. Physical notes: up to 2.5 m and 200 kg with characteristic tan to pale yellow patches on the sides. Distribution and habitat use: tropical to temperate waters worldwide. Primarily coastal species but can be also found in shelf, and oceanic…

Bottlenose dolphin

Scientific Name: Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) Common Name: Common bottlenose dolphin. Classification: Odontoceti (toothed whales), family Delphinidae Physical notes: up to 4 m and 650 kg, with robust bodies, mostly grey in coloration, and with short, stubby beak. Offshore ecotypes are usually bigger and darker in colouration compared to inshore sub-populations. Distribution and habitat use: