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.
Newborn Calf - under one year
Two-tone - 1-5 years
Spotted - 6-11 years
Mottled - 12-17 years
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.
"Chub" in 1992
"Chub" in 2021
Sharkbait in 1996
Sharkbait in 2021
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