White-beaked dolphin

The white-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) is a marine mammal belonging to the family Delphinidae(dolphins) in the suborder Odontoceti (toothed whales).

The dolphin is characterized by its short thick creamy-white beak and very falcate (curved) dorsal fin.

White-beaked dolphin
  • Size

    The white-beaked dolphin is a robust species of dolphin with a short beak. Adults can reach 2.3 to 3.1 m (7 ft 7 in to 10 ft 2 in) long and weigh 180 to 354 kg (397 to 780 lb). Calves are 1.1 to 1.2 m (3 ft 7 in to 3 ft 11 in) long at birth and probably weigh about 40 kg (88 lb).

  • Feeding

    The white-beaked dolphin is a social feeder and has frequently been observed feeding with killer, fin, and humpback whales, as well as other dolphin species.

  • Life History

    Gestation lasts from 10 to 12 months, and results in the birth of a single calf.

  • Behavior

    The population, breeding pattern, and life expectancy of the dolphin are all unknown, although most sources estimate several hundred thousand individuals, more densely populated in the eastern North Atlantic than the west. White-beaked dolphins are acrobatic and social animals.