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The Striped Dolphin

The Striped Dolphin (classified by scientists as Stenella coeruleoalba) is also called the Whitebelly or Gray's Dolphin. It is dark-blue/gray in color, but its name comes from the distinctive stripe along its back. This stripe runs from the eye to the rear flank of the dolphin. Many Striped dolphins have a dark patch around the eye and again on the sides. Its belly is lighter in color, usually a yellowish white.

This type of dolphin lives in warm, deep ocean waters, rarely coming in to shore. Like many other dolphins, the Striped eats fish and squid. They can dive as deep as 200 meters underwater when looking for food. Striped dolphins are social creatures, living in large groups. They are fast swimmers and often leap as high as 7 meters out of the water.

Striped dolphins can live up to 57 years. The females carry their young for up to 12 months and, once the young are born, provide milk for another year. Young dolphins are called calves and are generally born in the summer and fall when the water is warm.

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