White-beaked Dolphin

  • Irish name: An Deilf shocbhán
  • Latin name: Lagenorhynchus albirostris
  • Size: 2.4 – 3.1 m
  • Diet: Whiting, hake and poor cod
DESCRIPTION:

A very robust dolphin with a small beak and tall, curved dorsal fin. They have a complex colouration pattern with a white beak, dark grey along the back and white underneath with a diagnostic saddle patch behind the dorsal fin.

BEHAVIOUR:

Breaching sometimes occurs and they may be seen associating with other species. They bow-ride vessels infrequently.

IN IRELAND:

Little is known about this species in Irish waters but as expected of a cold water shelf species, most sighting in Irish waters are from the Northwest region where they appear to be most abundant in offshore waters off counties Mayo and Donegal.

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