Spinner Dolphin

Two spinner dolphins leaping out of the water.

About The Species

Spinner dolphins are best known for their above-water displays of leaping and spinning several times. A single spinning leap can include as many as four body revolutions. Spinner dolphins are found throughout the world's tropical and subtropical oceans.

Spinner dolphins, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Eastern stock in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean is listed as depleted under the MMPA.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting spinner 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

MMPA Depleted

in 1 stock

  • Eastern stock

Scientific Classification