Spinner dolphin

Dolphins Long Bec at Nosy Be

Also called "stenelle longirostre", it is the star of the dolphins around Nosy Be. It is regularly found in schools of 50 to 300 individuals, this figure can sometimes rise to more than 1000 individuals! Very social, fast and acrobatic, he comes to swim at the bow of the boats and ensures the show with jumps, spins and caudal strikes!

They are black or dark gray on the back, more peel on the belly, and their eyes like their lips are - often but not always - bordered with black.

An essential show man, as curious and playful as spectacular!

When can you see long-nosed dolphins at Nosy Be?

The long-billed dolphins stay year-round around Nosy Be, so it is possible to see them at each of the outings which take us a little offshore, as during humpback whale outings or during our days or bivouac in Nosy Iranja .

What do they feed on?

Long-billed dolphins feed on small fish (less than 20cm), mainly lantern fish, which they will hunt at night at more than 200 meters deep! These fish, which live more than 400 meters deep, go up at night following the plankton! They use echolocation (radar system) to locate schools of fish and hunt them.

The day is divided into three distinct phases - play, rest and reproduction - often on the continental shelf. These phases are linked and repeated until sunset.

How tall are they?

Long-billed dolphins are small dolphins, which measure on average 180 cm, and can weigh up to 80 kg in adulthood.

Do long-billed dolphins jump?

They are spectacular dolphins, who love to play with boats. In addition to surfing the bow or the waves behind the engine, they are the only dolphins capable of making up to 7 spins on themselves, to the delight of the eyes, young and old!

Do they mix with other species?

It is quite common to see them accompanying other dolphins, especially their cousins the spotted dolphins but also bottlenose dolphins. It is possible to see them playing with larger animals, such as humpback whales, which he likes to tease.