Short-beaked Common Dolphin - still common

Common dolphin Travelling in groups of 5 - 10 dolphins, the Short-beaked Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) meet each other in schools of up to 200 individuals. They have been reported to mix within schools of other dolphins, tuna, and pilot whales. Common dolphins are threatened by humans in several way. They are used as shark bait and are caught accidently by the huge industrial trawler nets. Common Dolphins were abudant in the western Mediterranean Sea until the 1960s, and it remains a mystery why occurrences there have tailed off rapidly. Extensive human activity in the area might be the cause. In the U.S. they are a protected species, but trawler nets make no distinction in catching animals, yet they are still quite common throughout their range.

The Atlantic dolphin, pacific dolphin, saddle-backed dolphin, short-beaked common dolphin, short-beaked saddleback dolphin is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the shortbeaked saddleback dolphin
A young / baby of a shortbeaked saddleback dolphin is called a 'calf or pup'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A shortbeaked saddleback dolphin group is called a 'team, school, pod, herd, alliance (male) or party (female)'.
Short-beaked saddleback dolphin habitats
Epipelagic (0-200m), Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic and Pelagic
Some facts about the
Short-beaked saddleback dolphin

Adult weight : 80 kg (176 lbs)

Female maturity :1754 days

Male maturity : 1583 days

Gestation : 301 days

Weaning : 345 days

Litter size : 1

Interval between litters : 548 days

Weight at birth : 7 kg (15.4 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 40 kg (88 lbs)

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