Common dolphins

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Common dolphin

Identifying features

  • Hourglass colouration on flank – transitions from gold to grey
  • Darker dorsal area
  • Triangular dorsal fin with paler centre

Body length

Maximum 2.7 m


  • Common dolphins are typically observed offshore, often migrating with prey events
  • A small, nursery community resides in Port Phillip
  • Common dolphins can be seen in super pods comprising of 1000+ individuals. In Port Phillip, groups usually comprise of less than 10 individuals

How you can help with common dolphin science?

Report your common dolphin sightings to the Victorian Common Dolphin Project.