Information About Common Dolphins in LA

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Southern California Common Dolphin Description

When Dolphin Watching in Los Angeles the Common Dolphin can often be seen jumping and wake riding our boats. There are two types of Common Dolphins, the short beaked and long beaked. Common dolphins are noted by their intricate coloring. From head to tail, their color ranges from gray forming a pattern of a V below their dorsal fin. Their sides are gray below the dorsal fin and a beige color from the dorsal to head and the belly is white. Short beaked and long beaked common dolphins can be differentiated by their foreheads. Short beaked common dolphins have a rounder forehead that meets their beak at a sharper angle while the long beaked common dolphin has a thinner forehead that meet its beak at a more gradual angle.

Southern California Common Dolphin Behavior

Common Dolphins are very social, traveling in pods of up to 50 and will many times congregate with other pods to form schools that can range in the thousands. These schools have a tendency to be very active, jumping and playing together. When they are playing, they will often breach the surface of the ocean, and swim along the bows of ships on their wakes. They are incredibly fast swimmers, able to reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. They have also been known to travel with other dolphins and even whales. It is thought that they learned how to bow ride on the wake of ships and boats by riding the wake of larger whales. They are also very affectionate. They will take care of their sick and make friends with other dolphins, showing genuine affection for them. When a member of the group dies, common dolphins will display sadness and longing for their friend. The more mature dolphins will also take care of younger dolphins, acting as teachers and mothers will share responsibilities for the young.

Common Dolphins are found mostly in coastal waters and prefer temperate waters. They travel at about 6 mph but can reach speeds of almost 30 mph when chasing after food. They can also travel significant distances. A common dolphin can travel up 100 miles in a single day.

Southern California Common Dolphin Feeding Habits

A Common dolphin’s primary diet consists of small fish such as herrings, anchovies and sardines as well as small squid and octopus. They can eat 20 lbs. of fish each day. Common dolphins tend to feed in groups and many times will be joined by other types of dolphins. Common dolphins will usually feed for about an hour a day if they can find enough fish. They will swim into the center of a school of fish and try to devour as many fish as possible and swallow them whole. They repeat the process until satisfied. Common dolphins have been known to also go underneath the schools of fish, drive them to the surface out of the water and snatch them out of the air.

Calves get their nourishment by nursing from the mother. The way they nurse is quite interesting in that since they have no lips, they cannot suckle from the mother’s teats. This problem is solved by the mother squirting the milk into the calf’s mouth by contracting her muscles. The milk is extremely high in protein and fat and because of this, it allows the baby to grow much faster than a human baby would. Nursing takes place for about the first 18 months although the calf will begin to take solid food after about six months.

We provide our Los Angeles Dolphin Watching dolphin and whale watching tours seven days a week with tours at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Our tours are very popular so it is never a bad idea to arrive a little early.  Tours usually last from two to two and a half hours.  Prices for tickets are as follows:

Individual Ticket Prices – Two Hour to 2 ½ Hour Cruise
Adults $35
Seniors (62 and over) $30
Children (11 and under) $25
Children (2 and under) FREE!

Ticket Prices for groups of 25 or more.
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over) $20
Children (11 and under) $15
Children (2 and under) FREE!

You can order your tickets online by clicking the button, Click Here or calling 424-242-0049. If you have a discount coupon, please present it at the ticket booth.

We appreciate the opportunity to make Los Angeles Dolphin Watching your choice for dolphin and whale watching in the southern California area.  We offer plenty of parking and are located next to The Aquarium of the Pacific. We are also very close to area attractions such as the Long Beach Lighthouse and Queen Mary as well as excellent shopping and dining so you can make a day of it.  No matter the age, a dolphin watching cruise is a fun and exciting adventure that anyone can enjoy.  We can’t wait to exceed your expectations and show you why we are the best dolphin watching in southern California experience possible.