Short-Beaked Common Dolphin Skull


The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, once considered a sub-species of the Long-Beaked Common Dolphin, inhabits most of the world’s oceans and seas. This species feeds on a variety of small fish including squid, herring and sardines.

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Short-Beaked Common Dolphin Skull Replica measures 15.4 inches. Short-Beaked Common Dolphin Skull  is museum quality Polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences Skull specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum dolphin skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Short-Beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis is a medium sized dolphin, smaller than the more popular bottlenose dolphin. North Atlantic coastal and adjacent waters.

Adults vary in length from five to eight feet and range in mass from 220.26 to 299 pounds. Males are generally longer and heavier.

Short-Beaked Common dolphins or Delphinus delphis back is dark and the belly is white, while on each side is an hourglass pattern colored light grey, yellow or gold in front and dirty grey in back. It has a long, thin rostrum with 50 to 60 small, sharp, interlocking teeth on each side of each jaw.

Short-Beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis can live in aggregations of hundreds or even thousands of dolphins.

They sometimes associate with other dolphin species, such as pilot whales. It is a fast swimmer (over 60 km/h), breaching behavior and aerial acrobatics are common with this species.

Short-Beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis are very social animals and engage in most necessary activities such as traveling, eating, and breathing together.

When some individuals are sick, others in the group assist them by using their fins to help keep them afloat so they survive.

Short-Beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis has a varied diet consisting of many species of fish and squid that live less than 660 ft. deep.

Short-beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis has been known to eat small fish, such as herring, pilchard, anchovies, hake, sardines, bonito, and sauries, as well as squid and octopus.

The diet of Short-beaked Common dolphin or Delphinus delphis near the English Channel consists mostly of lanternfish, Atlantic mackerel, sprats, and squids.

In the Black Sea, their diet contains sprats, anchovies, and pipefish. In the Mid-Atlantic region near the Northeastern United States, their diet contains Atlantic Mackerel. Delphinus delphis eat anywhere from 18 to 20 pounds a day.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 15.4 in
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Delphinidae
Genus: Delphinus
Species: D. delphis
Binomial name: Delphinus delphis
Conservation status: Least concern