|Rough-toothed Dolphins Quickly Swimming; Gulf of Mexico: Geco Snapper 04.2008|
|Rough-toothed Dolphin Breaching; Gulf of Mexico: Geco Snapper 04.2008|
Throughout my sightings of the Rough-toothed dolphins I noticed a number of unique characteristics which defined this marine mammal. Rough-toothed dolphins appear to wear a mask, hood, and cape which range from dark grey to black in color. The markings begin at the tip of the nose and extend back past the dorsal fin. The lips, throat and underbelly are in stark contrast with hues of white to pink. The belly surface is further marked with irregular grey or black splotches. The nose or beak is long, round and gently curves to form a small head. The body is stocky in appearance having dorsal and pectoral fins located further back on the body compared to other dolphins. Additionally, the fins are much larger in size. This playful sea mammal was aptly named for the wrinkled ridges on the crowns of the 22 to 27 large teeth within its mouth.
|Rough-toothed Dolphins Slowly Swimming; Gulf of Mexico: Geco Snapper 05.2008|
What do they eat? The Rough-toothed dolphin feeds on fish and squid as well as mollusks and cephalopods.