Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Length

8-13 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. Bottlenose Dolphins are light to slate gray in color with a lighter gray belly. They feed primarily on fish and often hunt cooperatively while using echolocation.

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

Although they are not endangered, Bottlenose Dolphins are vulnerable to pollution and are accidentally caught in fishing gear (gill-nets and shrimp trawls).