Shermaine H.
Spinner Dolpins

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the science of naming, describing and classifying organisms. There are 7 levels of taxonomy. These levels are called taxon. Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

The Taxonomy of Spinner Dolphins

Kingdom: Animalia-  They are multi-cellular and heterotrophic. These organisms rely on other organisms for food. Dolphins are very active, and can take part in many movements.   

Phylum: Chordata- Organisms in this phylum have a full digestive system,a tail, a ventral heart, segmented bodies at some stage in life.

Class: Mammalia- They produce milk and from their mammary glands. Female mammals have to invest a lot of time into their offspring .   

Order: Cetacea- These organisms live in a completely aquatic life and takes no part in life on land at any point in development.

Family: Delphinidae- Most have long beaks, or rostrums, and contain a "melon" at the top. Some are known as dolphins for a more distinct beak shape. This family is extremely social and interactive.

Genus: Stonella-  This is a very specific group to only the Spinners that live in certain areas.

Species: Stenella longirostis- is a highly specific species of dolphin. These organisms are extremely playful, active, and socially interactive.

Where is the Spinner Dolphins found?

The Life of a Spinner Dolphin.

People adore spinner dolphins. It is one of the most social of all species. it is also one of the best species to view due to their amazing jumps, flips and spins outside in the water.

The open areas of the tropical seas are where most of them are found. They tend to live further from land than most other species of dolphins.They are known to live in various oceans around the world including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian. They may be found in shallow waters to look for food from time to time.

In Hawaii, they have been seen closer to the coast than in any other regions. They will rest in the bay areas for protection during the day.

The size of them will vary based on where they reside.

Squid is a huge part of the diet for the Spinner Dolphins. These dolphins have no problem hunting in the deeper and darker waters.

Females are ready to mate around 4 to 7 years of age. For males, it occurs later with an age between 7 and 10 years old.

They are considered to be an dangerous species due to pollutions. Some risks to them including getting injured or killed due to fishing nets in the water.

Stress caused by human activities around them can create problems for Spinner Dolphins.

Video of a Spinner Dolphin in action