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Bottle Nosed Dolphin

A dolphin leaps out of the water in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania.Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana RiverBottle Nosed Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus)
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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: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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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.

Bottle Nosed Dolphin Translations

Dansk
Øresvin
Deutsch
Großer Tümmler
English
Bottlenose Dolphin
Français
Grand dauphin
עִבְרִית
דולפינן ים תיכוני
Hrvatski
Dobri dupin
日本語
ハンドウイルカ
Limburgs
Tummeleer
Nederlands
Tuimelaar
Norsk
Tumler
Polski
Butlonos
Svenska
Öresvin
Türkçe
Afalina
中文
宽吻海豚

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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