The Bull Dolphin is the male of the species and has a blunt square head. On the west coast it is more commonly referred to as "Dorado". Its beautiful gold, green and blue colorations make this species one of the ocean's most beautifully colored fish. This species should not be confused with its smaller relative the Chicken Dolphin.
The Bull dolphin is the larger of the dolphin species. They seldom exceed 90 lbs. Their natural habitat is offshore and rarely do they come near shore. They are considered surface feeders exclusively around 0 - 70- ft. of water. Bull dolphin is commonly caught around grass rips (long stretches of sargassum weed) where it feeds on shrimp and smaller fish. Mahi-mahi are highly sought for sport fishing and commercial purposes. Sport fishermen look for mahi-mahi due to their beauty, size, food quality, and healthy population.
Mahi-mahi are popular in many restaurants. Mahi-mahi can be seen in the Caribbean Sea, along the entire west coast of North and South America, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast of Florida, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and many other remote locations worldwide. This dolphin is known for its spectacular frenzied leaps when hooked.