How to Draw a Short-Beaked Dolphin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Short Beaked Dolphin in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Short Beaked Dolphin.

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How to Draw a Short Beaked Dolphin - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by drawing the body in a long, leaf-like shape.

Step 2: Add a small beak to the front of the head, and then an eye behind it.

Step 3: Draw a small fin on the back.

Step 4: Add the tail fin, which looks like two upturned triangles fused together.

Step 5: Add two more fins to the front.

Step 6: For the finishing touch, add a long thin line going from the dolphin's eye to the bottom of it's belly. And you're done!

Interesting Facts about the Short-Beaked Dolphin

The Short Beaked Dolphin is the most common of the dolphin species however, the exact number of specimens in the ocean are currently unknown. They are highly active, often jumping through the surf. Unlike other dolphin species, the Short Beaked Dolphin travel in groups (pods) of up to five hundred individuals. (Depending on the time of year) They feed on small fish and squid, and have been known to be cooperative when it comes to hunting and hunting methods.

Did you know?

  • They make short dives of ten seconds to two minutes
  • Found in a wide variety of oceans, but, a larger population is found in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Prefer waters higher than ten degrees Celsius
  • Can be found in shallow waters
  • Listed as Least Concern on the Endangered Species List

Lesson Plan Idea – Research Study – Have your class look up any kind of Short Beaked Dolphin that can be found. Through this, try to guesstimate exactly how many of these dolphins currently inhabit the ocean.Expand – are they found co-habitating or traveling with other dolphin species?

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