Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Short-beaked common dolphin jumping out of the water.

About The Species

Short-beaked common dolphins are probably one of the most abundant and familiar dolphins in the world, especially off the coast of California.

Short-beaked common dolphins, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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

Learn more about short-beaked common dolphins


CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification