Pantropical spotted dolphin

(Stenella attenuata)

The pantropical spotted dolphin resembles its smaller relative, the spinner dolphin, but can usually be distinguished from it by its spots. These are white on the dark grey back and lighter grey tailstock, and black on the white belly. However, some individuals, especially juveniles, may have no spots at all. The beak is usually white-tipped, with the white sometimes extending to the lips. A conspicuous black patch circles the eye and extends to the beak.  Although less acrobatic than the spinner dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphins will leap high into the air, often landing on their sides.

Pantropical spotted dolphins are very rare in the Arabian region. Their presence in deep water off Fujairah deserves further study, and their association with both spinner and striped dolphins adds further interest. Pantropical spotted dolphins are also notably uncommon in much of the rest of the northern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere in the world they occur in groups of up to 300 individuals

Pantropical spotted dolphins are considered by IUCN to be least concern.