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Striped dolphin

© F. Larrey - Regard du Vivant


The striped dolphin can be recognised by its black stripes and white bands in the form of flames starting from its eyes and decorating its sides. This is the most common species of dolphin in the Mediterranean sea where it lives in groups of about 10 individuals. This dolphin can grow up to 2.20 meters and weigh up to 100kg. Curious and an acrobat it voluntary plays at ship bows.

Scientific name

Stenella coeruleoalba

Natural habitats

Pelagic zone

Did you know?

The striped dolphin can stay under water for 15 minutes and go as deep as 200 meters.

Conservation stake



  • Pollution and changes to its environment
  • Noise disturbance from maritime traffic
  • Collision with boats
  • Accidental capture in fishing nets
  • Ingestion of plastic waste that can kill it./li>

Conservation management initiatives

Monitoring with photo-identification of individuals and their distribution ranges

How can I help to protect it?

  • I do not cut across swim routes of cetaceans
  • I keep a distance of more than 100 meters from them
  • I do not follow them. If cetaceans suddenly change their speed or direction this mean that they do not want to be followed
  • I pick up, take back and sort waste
  • I ensure that the use of plastic packaging is limited