25. The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
This is the most common dolphin, which exists in all parts of the globe and whose features are considered classic or standard. Its body is sleek, long, and slender, and its beak is called short, only as a distinction to the long-beaked common dolphins. Their beak size, however, is comparatively larger than the other dolphin species.
They are abundant in almost all major bodies of water across the globe but generally stay along in-shore and coastal waters where the temperatures are moderately cool or warm. Aside from the threats of human activities in regions where whaling is rampant, they are also prey for sharks and killer whales.
26. The Long-Beaked Common Dolphin
The long-beaked common dolphin’s distinction to its short-beaked cousin is the pale yellowish band in its dark cape, which forms a crisscrossing hourglass pattern below its saddle area. Unlike their short-beaked counterparts, they are often found congregating with large groups of dolphins, whose average number of members ranges from 100 to 500, and which could reach to thousands.
They prefer the shallow warm waters of California’s coastal areas where their existence is protected from threats of slaughter and endangerment.