There are many types of dolphins all throughout the world, but how many different kinds call the Gulf of Mexico and the surrounding waters their home? The most popular is the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, but what other kinds of dolphins are swimming nearby waters of the Gulf? Here’s a look at some of the other dolphins that swim around or near the Gulf of Mexico.
The Clymene Dolphin
This dolphin closely resembles the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, but has a more sleek body and know for it’s iconic shaded lips, or beak. These dolphins have been spotted all along the Atlantic Coast or both North and South America, as well as the Atlantic Coast of Africa as well. They are known to feed on fish, squid, and octopus. They hunt at night and even approach small boats.
The Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
These dolphins also very closely resemble the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, but are shaded darker and have spots all over their bodies. They, too, eat fish squid, and octopus like the Clymene Dolphin, and are often found close to the North and South Atlantic shorelines during the summer months.
The Fraser Dolphin
Another close resembling dolphin to the Bottlenose, this dolphin is almost identical, except the Fraser has about a quarter of the beak length that the Bottlenose has. The Fraser Dolphin has the same diet as the previously mentioned dolphins. These dolphins dive very deep to hunt, and typically shy away from boats.
This dolphin retains the same dolphin shape, but with many distinct features. The Risso’s Dolphin has a large underbelly and large, bulbous head with little to no beak. They typically remain dark colored, and often have intricate light colored markings. The younger ones can generally jump completely out of the water, while adults are seen to only jump halfway out and splash back in on their side. Risso’s dolphins prefer to eat calamari, but will also eat fish and octopus.
This dolphin is known for its amazing acrobatic abilities, like the height they can jump and the tricks they can do while in the air. They resemble the same shape as Bottlenose Dolphins, but with sharer beaks. Their most iconic feature, the one they were named for, is their horizontal stripes. These dolphins can blend both very dark colors on top and very light colors on the bottom, as stripes on their body. They eat the same as most of the other dolphins on this list, fish, octopus, and squid.
Also known as the screw dolphin, these amazing acrobats can jump high into the air and spin on their axis up to seven times while airborne. They can be found performing their stunts in tropical climates.
To see the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin up close, take a cruise on the original Destin dolphin cruise, the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise!