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photos of  atlantic spotted dolphins

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pk10565-D. Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean.
photo of atlantic spotted dolphin pod, hires digital
pk10803-D. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, and swimmer Melissa Cole (model released)
stock photos of people swimming with marine mammals
pk10579-D. underwater picture of wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins
spotted dolphins swimming, images for sale by Brandon Cole
na536. Atlantic Spotted Dolphins resting at the surface, photography from the Bahamas
wild dolphin photographs, above and underwater worldwide

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Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
scientific name Stenella frontalis
range Atlantic Ocean, warm temperate to tropical
Bahamas, Azores
habitat coastal, open ocean
size to 7.5 feet (2.3m), 300 pounds (140kg)
diet squid, fish
trivia feed on flying fish and squid at night;  Bahamas offers world's best wild dolphin encounter IMO; avid boat bow-rider / wake surfer
I've snapped tens of thousands of pictures in hopes of capturing on film the magic of an encounter with wild dolphins. An impossible quest. But I keep trying, and I always look forward to my next trip to the Bahamas. For it is these clear, warm waters north of Grand Bahama Island where dolphin
fans from the around the world have been swimming with a pod of wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) for over 20 years. When in the mood to play, they wait for us to jump in with mask, snorkel, and fins. I have come to recognize many individual dolphins by their unique markings
and personalities, and have watched half-meter newborns grow up to raise babies of their own. Secretly, I like to think that they in turn recognize me each year, the laughable human with ever-present camera, awkwardly blundering along in a hopeless attempt to match their fluid mastery of sea. The dolphin's permanent smile says it all, however- the joke's on me.
     Usually found in groups of 5 to 15, Atlantic spotteds occasionally congregate in larger groupings numbering a few hundred. Appearance varies greatly between different stocks throughout their range, and based on the dolphin’s age. In general, a calf is born unspotted, and as it matures spots develop and increase with age. At 20 to 30 years, some individuals have an almost completely "fused" pattern of spots.
     Range overlaps the similar Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata, but S. frontalis has a more robust body and tends to be more oceanic. Though little is known about their reproduction, females nurse calves for 3 to 5 years, so it’s possible for a mother to be both pregnant and lactating simultaneously. Like most dolphins, play between pod members is an important social exercise. Interaction with other species, such as bottlenose, is not uncommon. Juvenile spotted oftentimes are witnessed engaging in homosexual sex play. 


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