Dolphins. They think they're sooo
Ohh, look at me! I'm a flippy little dolphin!
to go swimming with dolphins? Have you always loved dolphins, like me? No other quote gets the idea of a dolphin across like that one does! They love having
fun and I believe that they happen to be the most beautiful organisms
out there! Atlantic spotted dolphins
aren't the species that everyone knows and recognizes. This
doesn't mean that they aren't just as important! Spotted dolphins
often mingle with Bottlenose dolphins and other dolphin species that
live in or around their environment. These playful and
unpredictable organisms are always looking for fun and they know exactly
where to find it.
What do they look like?
Stenella frontalis, commonly known as
the Atlantic spotted dolphin, is a very energetic and playful creature.
This species of dolphin is somewhat difficult to
physical features vary due to their
Typically, adult Atlantic spotted dolphins reach to be about seven feet
long and 220 pounds. Calves are born around 32-36 inches.
There are two species of this organism. Stenella attenuata
is considered the worldwide spotted dolphin and Stenella frontalis
is considered the Atlantic spotted dolphin. The bodies of the Atlantic
spotted dolphin is covered in spots (but the
young are born spotless and
receive their spots as they grow older).
The dorsal fin (located on the top of the organism) is tall and curved.
This fin, along with the pectoral fins (located on both sides of the
dolphin) help guide the dolphin through the water. Though they are
fun-loving and playful creatures, they have fallen victim to many
These deaths are usually at the hands of fishing companies (mainly tuna
companies because the dolphins often trail schools of tuna).
Like this dolphin?
Check out some other dolphin pages made by previous students or check
to see what more students have created:
1. Bottlenose dolphin (by: Samantha Schemberger)
The bottlenose dolphin is the most
well-known of the dolphin species. It is a cousin to the Atlantic
spotted dolphin. The bottlenose dolphin is another playful and
fun-loving creature. Some of the most publicized human-dolphin
encounters occur with this species.
2. Spinner dolphin (by: Sally Johnson)
The spinner dolphin is, of the three
here, the most closely related dolphin to the Atlantic spotted dolphin.
Spinner dolphins love to jump and leap through the water. This
species is greatly used for educational purposes.
3. Killer Whale (by: Karlie Hurlbert)
Most people do not
associate killer whales with dolphins, but in fact, they are a part of
the dolphin family. Killer whales are used a lot in sea parks for
entertainment shows and have even been featured in movies. Killer
whales are recognized most often because of the white patch above their
eye and their very unique coloring.
Go on to read about their