Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
Common Dolphin, Mainland Shetland, Scotland, May 2004 - click for larger image The Common Dolphin is found in all tropical, subtropical and temperate seas but is rarely found in Shetland waters where photos 1 and 2 were taken.

Laughton Johnston, published in 1999, says that the latest sighting was in 1994 and Paul Harvey, Manager of the Shetland Biological Records Centre kindly wrote to me to tell me that my initial identification (White-beaked Dolphin) was wrong but that it was rare to see Common Dolphin in Shetland waters.

Common Dolphin, Mainland Shetland, Scotland, May 2004 - click for larger image The dolphin was about 50 metres off-shore and jumping out of the water to crash back with an enormous splash.
Common Dolphin, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Photos 3 to 6 were taken in Australia..
Common Dolphin, Maria Island, Tasmania, February 2006 - click for larger image .
Common Dolphin, Maria Island, Tasmania, February 2006 - click for larger image .
Common Dolphin, Maria Island, Tasmania, February 2006 - click for larger image .
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