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Bottle Nosed Dolphin


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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River
A dolphin leaps out of the water in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Bottle Nosed Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphins are the most common and well-known type of dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins are found inhabiting warm seas worldwide.

Bottlenose dolphins are grey in colour and grow between 2 and 4 meters long. These dolphins typically stay in groups from 15 to 2,000 in number, meaning that bottlenose dolphins can often be found in large groups.

Dolphins are thought to be one of the more intelligent animals of the mammal world, along with bigger primates and humans. Dolphins are thought to communicate to other dolphins through a series of clicking sounds.

Bottlenose dolphins generally have a good relationship with humans and due to their intelligence, bottlenose dolphins have been trained by military forces for tasks such as locating sea mines or detecting and marking enemy divers. In some areas the bottlenose dolphins have been known to help the local fishermen by driving fish towards the fishermen and then eating the fish that escape the fishermens nets. Some interactions with humans however are harmful to the dolphins as people hunt bottlenose dolphins for food, and dolphins are often killed by accident when there is mass tuna fishing.

Bottlenose dolphins are generally known to have a calm and playful temperament, particularly around humans. As individuals, bottlenose dolphins are not aggressive by nature but if they feel threatened, bottlenose dolphins will use their immense pod size to their advantage which will often intimidate unwanted intruders.


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Bottle Nosed Dolphin Translations

Danish Dansk
Øresvin
 
German Deutsch
Großer Tümmler
 
English English
Bottlenose Dolphin
 
French Français
Grand dauphin
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
דולפינן ים תיכוני
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Dobri dupin
 
Japanese 日本語
ハンドウイルカ
 
Limburgian Limburgs
Tummeleer
 
Dutch Nederlands
Tuimelaar
 
Norwegian Norsk
Tumler
 
Polish Polski
Butlonos
 
Swedish Svenska
Öresvin
 
Turkish Türkçe
Afalina
 
Chinese 中文
宽吻海豚
 

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Bottle Nosed Dolphin Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Cetacea
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Delphinidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Tursiops
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Tursiops Truncatus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2.5m - 4m (8ft - 13ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
200kg - 300kg (440lbs - 660lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
35km/h (21mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
20 - 35 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Pod
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Light grey, Dark grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Smooth
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Warm harbours and bays
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Shrimp, Squid
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Sharks, Killer Whale
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Large dorsal fins and communicate using whistling

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