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Common Dolphin

Common on Atlantic seaboard of Europe from Scotland south to the Iberian Peninsula, in the Western Channel and Irish Sea. Uncommon in the Mediterranean Sea and rare in the North Sea. Common Dolphins are recorded in all months of the year, but in coastal UK waters mainly July to October. The common dolphin has a low, tapering forehead with distinct groove separating long slender black beak, sometimes tipped white.

Centrally-placed slender dorsal fin, sickle-shaped or erect. Common dolphins have a characteristic hourglass pattern of tan or yellowish-tan on lower flanks, becoming pale pale grey behind fin.

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