Spinner dolphin

Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) is a small dolphin that is famed for its acrobatic manoeuvres. This marine mammal can spin several times in one leap, which may reach the height of around 10 feet. These leaps are used for removing remoras – the fish that latch on to the dolphine eat parasites.

These dolphins dwell in offshore tropical waters across the globe. They are categorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List as endangered. The carcass of a spinner dolphin was recently washed ashore in Odisha’s port town of Paradip within the Bhitarkanika National Park. This is the sixth marine animal to lose its life in this region over the past five months.

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