Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin - Eleanor Stone/Manx Wildlife TrustCommon Dolphin - Eleanor Stone/Manx Wildlife Trust

Latin name: Delphinus delphis

The Common Dolphin has a black back and upper flanks with a very pale cream coloured belly. They also have conspicuous yellow markings down their sides. It can also be identified by its black stripes: one leading from its upper jaw to its eye, the other leading from its lower jaw to the flipper.

Common Dolphins are - ironically given the name - not a common sight around Alderney, but when they do come into our waters and whole pods can be seen offshore.

The worldwide population of Common Dolphins is listed as a least concern species on the IUCN red list of endangered species.

If you spot a marine mammal, please let us know. Either download the attached form, complete and send to the AWT office, or just email your sighting details to


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