Bottlenose Dolphin

By: Sammi Snyder

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Cetacea

Family: Delphinidae

Genus: Tursiops

Scientific Name: Tursiops Truncatus


The Bottlenose Dolphin is related to other dolphins and also related to killer whales.

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Interesting Facts

Bottlenose Dolphins are found in warm sea water worldwide. Bottlenose Dolphin's are Omnivores, their main prey is shrimp, fish, and squid, but their favorite food is fish. These dolphins swim in a pack from 15 to 2000 in number. They communicate by clicking sounds to other dolphins, specifically to others in their group.

How do they move?

Bottlenose dolphin's average top speed is 35km/h (21mph). They go up to the surface 2 or 3 times a minute. They can jump 16 feet (4.9 meters) out of the water, and then going back into the water splashing on their side.
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Predators

The Bottlenose Dolphin's predators are humans, sharks, and killer whales. When they are getting attacked, they would use their huge pod side to their advantage.

Fun Facts

  • Bottlenose Dolphin can make over 1,000 clicking noises a minute.
  • Military forces use Bottlenose Dolphins to locate sea mines and enemy ships.
  • Bottlenose Dolphin would help the local fisherman by leading fish towards the nets and then escaping their nets.
  • For being longer than a 6 ft human being, a Bottlenose Dolphin's average weight is between 440lbs - 660lbs.
  • The average life span for a Bottlenose Dolphin is 45-50 years.