How to Draw a Spinner Dolphin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Spinner Dolphin in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 Spinner Dolphin.

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How to Draw a Spinner Dolphin - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw the head of our dolphin first. It looks like a W with a long line on either end.

Step 2: Now we'll make the face. Add a dot for the blowhole on top of the head, a circle for the eye, and add lines to make the mouth.

Step 3: Draw two lines for the dolphin's sleek body.

Step 4: Leave a break for the dorsal fin on the top of its body and continue the lines down to the tail--it looks like two triangles. These dolphins are famous for their acrobatic movements!

Step 5: Add the dorsal fin as a triangle on top of the body. Then add a side fin. You have finished your spinner dolphin drawing! If you'd like to color your picture, they have dark gray backs, light gray sides and white underbellies.

Interesting Facts about the Spinner Dolphin

Spinner dolphin is a small dolphin that lives in warm waters. Its size is less than 2m in length and 75kg weight. In exceptional cases the measurement will cross these figures. They bear a long beak, which is black on top and white from below. Its color is dark grey, which becomes lighter on the sides and its belly is white. There is a dark strip from flipper to the eyes. Their average total teeth are 224. They leap from the water surface and turn around their bodies in spins. Spinner dolphin feed on other small size fish, squid and shrimps.

Did you know?

  • Adult females give birth to a single calf at two years intervals.
  • Their period of gestation is 11 months.
  • The calves are about 75 centimeter long at the time of birth.
  • They can dive up to at least 200-300 meters to catch their pray.
  • Reproduction gestation lasts about 10 months, and nursing duration is 1-2 years.
  • They are the most sought after species of fish among children and many nations have developed tourism around the area inhabited by these fish.
  • They usually live in groups of 30 to several hundred, at times into thousands.

Lesson plan note: Parents/ teachers should take them to the nearest place where spinner dolphin are seen and show them how they spin in the air and jump back into the splashing waters. Alternatively video film of such activity should be shown to the children either at school or at home to make them familiar with their activities.