Interspecies Dolphin Interactions

This video showcases multiple observations of Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) dolphins interacting. Recorded near Bimini, Bahamas, such interactions have been uncommon yet consistent since 2003. Almost 50% of such interactions included mating and/or sexual play behavior, with Tursiops as the initiators.

Download video in .wmv format (61.9 MB)

Mellilo, K. E., Dudzinski, K. D., & Cornick, L. A. (2009). Interactions between Atlantic Spotted (Stenella frontalis) and Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) Dolphins off Bimini, The Bahamas 2003 – 2007. Aquatic Mammals, 35(2), 281-291