Pantropical spotted dolphin

Stenella attenuata


Pantropical spotted dolphins are slender and streamlined. Adults are 1.6 to 2.6 m long. They have a long slim beak. The dorsal fin is narrow, curved and pointed at the tip. Most adults have spots on their dark dorsal cape, but young are born without spots. The belly area is a lighter gray.

In Japan large numbers of spotted dolphins are caught for human consumption. Pantropical spotted dolphins are also taken in hand-harpoon fisheries in the Philippines and in gillnet and harpoon fisheries in India and Sri Lanka. Little is known about the spotted dolphin in Bangladesh. Our observations imply that significant numbers of the species may also occur farther offshore in un-surveyed waters of the Bay of Bengal.