Risso’s Dolphin

Picture of a Risso's dolphin jumping out of the water.

About The Species

Risso’s dolphins are found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters. Risso's dolphins are capable of diving to at least 1,000 feet and holding their breath for 30 minutes, but usually make shorter dives of 1 to 2 minutes. The majority of their diet consists of squid.

Risso’s dolphins, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting Risso’s dolphins. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

Learn more about Risso’s dolphins

Status

CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Delphinidae
Genus
Grampus
Species
griseus