Common Dolphin  Common Dolphin

Overview: In the waters around Mull, these dolphins are usually in groups (pods) of about 10 - 30 individuals. They are fast swimmers, reaching speeds of 24km per hour or faster if threatened.  Very acrobatic and boisterous, they leap clear of the water.  Common dolphins are inquisitive and sociable, often approaching boats and hitching a free ride in the wake caused by the boat, an activity known as 'bow-riding'

Breeding: Does not breed in British waters

Where to see them: Can be seen from the shore both in the sound of Mull and in Craignure Bay. Sightings are not regular, but they are seen every year.

When to see them: They can be seen from April-September at anytime of the day, best if the sea is on the calm side so the Dolphin can be seen as it breaks the surface.

What they eat: Dolphins eat a varied diet of squid and fish, such as cod, herring, and mackerel.  Individuals often co-operate to panic fish in order to catch them more easily.  They are often seen in association with diving gannets feeding on the same fish.

 

COMMON DOLPHIN

Length:             up to 2.4m

Life Span:    up to 30 years

Weight:           up to 110kg 

Present:   April-September

Delphinus delphus

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