whaleOrder Cetacea

Family Delphinidae

Scientific Name

Delphinus capensis

Thumbnail Description

They will dive in the water to about 900 ft (280 m) and hold their breath for up to 8 minutes to catch prey

Size and Weight

LENGTH: 1.9 and 2.5 m (6.2 and 8.2 ft)

WEIGHT: 80 and 235 kg (176 and 518 lb)

Habitat

Tropical, warm-temperate waters

Distribution

Western and southern Africa, western South America, central California to central Mexico, coastal Peru, Japan, Korea Taiwan, Oman

Diet

Sardines, anchovies, mackerels, pilchards, mullet, drum, croaker

Reproduction

1

Population

11,000 to 49,000

Lifespan

40 years

Speed

Unknown

Predators

Unknown

Sounds

Unknown

Behavior

Form groups of 10 – 30 animals

Conservation Status

Data Deficient