Risso Dolphin

The Risso Dolphin is a large, dark black-blue dolphin with a prominent square head which is strikingly different to the pointed heads of other beaked dolphins.

At close quarters, the skin of a Risso dolphin is scarred, particularly so in older individuals which is often due to fighting with rival dolphins but may also be due to encounters with squid which make up a large proportion of their diet.  When feeding these dolphins can dive for up to half and hour and while considered not as sociable as other dolphins they can often be seen swimming alongside ships.

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