Striped Dolphin

Hawaiian Island Cetaceans

Striped Dolphin

Scientific Name - Stenella Coeruleoalba

Average Length - Male: 2.6m, Female: 2.4m

 

Striped dolphin sightings are relatively infrequent but this is a commonly stranded species in the Hawaiian islands. The Hawaiian stock is thought to number 20,000 individuals but is poorly known in Hawaiian waters. Striped dolphins can be identified by two dark gray stripes along their bodies, one from the eye to anus, and another from the eye to flipper. They generally travel in pods of 30-500 and feed on fish and squid. They are commonly called streakers because they dash away from boats like a streak in the water. The stripes along their body are similar to those of the Hawaiian Spinner dolphin and as a result small striped dolphins have often been misidentified as spinner dolphins.

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