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Common Dolphin (UK)

October 06, 2005

BBC News

Common dolphin are small cetaceans measuring around 1.7-2.4 metres in length (adults) and have a dark almost black back, with yellow flanks and a grey tailstock.

They prefer the deeper waters found off Guernsey and Alderney.

Common dolphins weigh about 150 kg and feed on species such as mackerel, sea-bass and pilchard, which form part of their staple diet.

Little is known about the life-span of Common Dolphin, however, this species is known to be under threat from a form of fisheries called “Pair trawling”.

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