Adult males are about 3 m
long and weigh 250-370 kg. Females
are 2½-3 m long and weigh 180-250 kg.
The snout is short, the dorsal fin and flippers are long and
pointed. The colouring is variable between individuals, but usually the
upper part of the body is dark, the belly, and the undersides of the
fluke and the flippers are white. The upper jaw is light coloured on top and each jaw contains
22-24 cone shaped teeth. Life
expectancy is 20-40 years. The
distribution area in the North Atlantic is between western Greenland,
Iceland and the Barent Sea south to the state of Massachusetts and
The food consists mainly of
squid, herring, capelin, cod, and other species.
The cows give birth to one calf each summer.
At birth, it is between 0,7 and 0,85 m long and weighs about 5
kg. The white beaked dolphin is a sociable animal and usually
travels in groups of 6-8 and sometimes big shoals are observed.
It is found in the high seas as well as the coastal areas.
It is curious, follows ships, and leaps out of the water.
It appears in spring in Icelandic waters and leaves in autumn.
Sometimes it drowns in fishnets and the meat is utilized. The world
population is unknown, but the estimated number around Iceland is