Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin

A group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins swimming in the ocean.

About The Species

Atlantic white-sided dolphins are found in the temperate waters of the North Atlantic. In the United States, they are found off the coast of North Carolina to Maine. They are named after their distinctive yellowish-tan streak on their sides.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

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CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification