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Common dolphins are, as the name suggests, widely distributed throughout tropical and temperate waters, and can be found in both nearshore and offshore environments. They are easily recognizable by their striking hourglass or criss-cross pattern that includes a yellowish or tan patch, when almost all other dolphins are limited to shades of black, white and grey. For a time common dolphins were divided into two species – short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and long-beaked common dolphins (D. capensis). However, in 2015 genetic studies determined that all populations examined to date would be more logically grouped under one species (D. delphis) with four recognized subspecies of common dolphins throughout the species’ range: The common dolphin (D. d. delphis); Eastern North Pacific long-beaked common dolphin (D. d. bairdii ); the Black Sea common dolphin ( D. d. ponticus ); and the Indo-Pacific common dolphin ( D. d. tropicalis).1,2 Common dolphins can occur in nearshore or offshore environments, and while they are regularly seen in some areas, in others they are observed only as an added bonus to whale or dolphin watching tours that are focused on more predictable species.