(Probable small) Type B, Gerlache Straight
group on 1/28
Lots, Jumping, Playing. Several Pods.
Single individual with abraded rostrum.
Saw this pod about 60 miles off the coast of Louisiana. They were bow riding and playing for about an hour before they got bored with us.
ID'd as a pod of spinner dolphins by Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist (UC Santa Cruz grad!). But rostrums don't look long enough. Definitely smaller than the bottlenose dolphin we also saw on this trip.
Oceanic dolphins are members of the cetacean family Delphinidae. These marine mammals are related to whales and porpoises. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves. As the name implies, these dolphins tend to be found in the open seas, unlike the river dolphins, although a few species such as the Irrawaddy dolphin are coastal or riverine.