Striped dolphin washes ashore near Ocean Park

A striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) washed ashore just north of Ocean Park on Thursday evening, April 11. Personnel from Seaside Aquarium responded to the scene and found it was deceased. The female dolphin was nearly full grown at 6.5 feet (males can reach lengths around 8.5 feet). Striped dolphins prefer warmer waters and are typically found in the offshore waters off of California and Baja. Though they are uncommon in this area, it is not the first time a striped dolphin has washed ashore. Their sharp teeth are used for snatching up small fish such as herring or cod and squid. Striped dolphins occur either individually or in small schools.

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