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Clymene Dolphin (Stenella clymene)

Clymene Dolphin

An adult Clymene dolphin can be about 6’ 6” in length and weigh close to 200 pounds. They are very slender in build which helps them to move with extreme ease through the water. The coloring of this dolphin is very interesting. They have three different layers that offer different coloring.

The top color that you will see from the shore is dark gray and it moves all the way down their body. They also feature a layer of lighter gray that goes from the beak, around both of their eyes, and finished on the tail. The underside of this type of dolphin is either white or pink.

They do look very similar to the spinner dolphin so they are often mistaken for that. Some researchers early on even argued that they should be a sub species of the spinner dolphins. However, enough distinction between the two has been noted for them to have their own classification.


You will find the Clymene dolphin living in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It isn’t fully known though exactly where all in this region they happen to live. There is still a great deal of research that needs to be done in regards to this type of dolphin.

However, they have been noted in a huge range along the Atlantic Ocean. Some have been seen in the United States close to New Jersey. Others have been seen by Morocco as well as down to the tip of Rio de Janeiro. The largest number of them have been seen though along the Gulf of Mexico.

The count along the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 5,000. The number of them total though remains a mystery.


These are extremely active dolphins so they can be fun to watch. They will complete a variety of moves including leaps, spins, and rapid movements through the water. They are extremely curious so they are often seen swimming along side of boats. They tend to live in groups that range from a few individuals up to close to 500 at a time.

Diet and Feeding

Lantern fish are the main source of food for the Clymene dolphin. They will also eat other fish that they can find. Squid make a great source of food for these animals. They tend to feed in groups and do the majority of their hunting at night.


There is very little known about the reproduction process or the birth of the Clymene dolphin species. It is believed that it takes about 12 months for the birth to occur though after conception. The breeding season for this type of dolphin isn’t known.


The only conservation efforts in place right now for them cover all types of dolphins. They including trying to get fishing nets that aren’t a danger to these animals. They also include trying to reduce pollution of the waters where these creatures live. When they swallow toxins they can die. Even simply things such as plastic bags can kill them.

Human interaction

There is less known about the Clymene dolphins than any other species. They aren’t believed to have had very much interaction with humans other than when they are following boats on the water. Since they live so deep in the water it is hard to really observe their behaviors or to get a good count of how many of them exist.

In Venezuela they are often hunted so that they don’t consume the fish that commercial fishermen want. They are also used as bait to capture the tuna from these same waters. At this time there aren’t any Clymene dolphins in captivity.



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