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SPOTTING PATTERN/AGE GUIDE:

Spotted Dolphins are born with no spots, they begin getting spots at about four years old. As the dolphins age, black spots fill in the light underside, white spots fill the darker upper sides and back. The spotting patterns take on a mottled appearance in adults, eventually fusing together on older dolphins. This helps us with age estimates as well.

dolphin-calf
Newborn Calf - under one year

Two-Tone dolphin - 1-5 years
Two-tone - 1-5 years

Spotted dolphin 6-11 years
Spotted - 6-11 years

Spotted-dolphin- 12-17 years
Mottled - 12-17 years

Fused - 18 years plus
Fused - 18 years plus

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Identification Project

Identification of individual Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is central to any research on this free-ranging species. It is essential to helping us understand behaviors over a number of years by knowing who's who.

The identification and cataloging of each individual is done by photographs of both sides of the dolphin.

Fused - 18 years plus
"Chub" in 1992

Fused - 18 years plus
"Chub" in 2021

Fused - 18 years plus
Sharkbait in 1996

Fused - 18 years plus
Sharkbait in 2021

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