Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) is one of the most widely distributed dolphins. One of the unique features about this dolphin is the striking pattern of its colors in white and blue stripes. The striped dolphin can leap as high as 20 feet into the air.
The black stripes form a circle around the eyes and run down toward its flipper. The dolphin has white, pink or blue shade from below. There are two other dark stripes going along from the back of the ear.
The male striped dolphins are 8.5 feet long and weigh around 352 pounds while the females have a length of 8 feet and weigh up to 330 pounds. The size of a calf is around 3 feet in length and weighs around 22 pounds.
The lifespan of the striped dolphin is around 55 to 60 years.
A female striped dolphin reaches maturity at the age range of 5 to 13 years while the maturity age for the male dolphins is around 7 to 15 years.
The mother produces a single calf after an interval of 3 to 4 years and weans (stop feeding) her calf after about 12 to 18 months. A calf is born in summer or fall.
The striped dolphins are widely distributed across the South and North Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean. There are at least 2 million striped dolphins around the world.
These dolphins tend to live in temperate and tropical off-shore waters around the world.
The striped dolphins eat squid, krill, octopus, small pelagic fish, other crustaceans and cephalopods.
They tend to move around in schools (group name) of 500 to 1000 or even more.
Other Names: Blue-white dolphin, Streaker porpoise, Meyen’s dolphin