spotted dolphin looks very similar to the pantropical
spotted dolphin. The Atlantic Spotted dolphin tends
to be more robust, with more spots and darker skin.
As the dolphins get older, they develop more spots.
Atlantic spotted dolphins have dark purple/grey capes
with light spots, and white undersides with dark spots.
Along each side they have a wide grey stripe. Their
beaks are quite long and thick with white tips and white
"lips". There is a light grey stripe running
from the eye to the flipper which is curved with a pointed
tip. Atlantic spotted dolphins have between 32 and 42
teeth in each row of the upper jaw and between 30 and
40 teeth in each row of the lower jaw. There are coastal
and offshore groups and these can be quite different
to each other. The offshore form tends to be smaller
than the coastal and has fewer spots