Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Length

8-12 feet (2.5-3.5 m)

Weight

330 – 1,430 pounds (150-650 kg)
Males are significantly larger than females

Distribution

Found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters

Population

Unknown

Description

The bottlenose dolphin is perhaps one of the most well-known cetaceans and are the species most commonly found in marine parks because of their extreme intelligence. Bottlenose dolphins are light to slate gray with a lighter colored belly to help camouflage them while hunting. They feed primarily on fish and often hunt cooperatively using echolocation. They are fast swimmers, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour.

Bottlenose dolphins are very social and can be seen in pods of several hundred individuals.

While not endangered, bottlenose dolphins are vulnerable to pollution and are accidentally caught in fishing gear including gillnets and shrimp trawls.