Common dolphins are energetic acrobats and one of the fastest of all cetaceans. They can reach a maximum speed of 65 km/h. These dolphins have 80-120 small conic teeth in each jaw, with which they can hold their slithery prey.
Presence in the Strait of Gibraltar: all year round
Other names: short-beaked common dolphin, saddleback dolphin, criss-cross dolphin, hourglass dolphin, cape dolphin, common porpoise, white-bellied porpoise
fish, squid; 10 kg/day
Mediterranean population critically endangered
hourglass-shaped pattern on the sides (yellowish in front, grey in the back)
falcate or triangular dorsal fin
flukes with concave trailing edges and slight notch