Tursiops truncates (Montague)
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Bottlenose Dolphin Facts
- Bottlenose dolphins are considered to be one of the most intelligent marine mammals.
- Bottlenose dolphins are typically gray in color with white on their belly. This form of coloring helps them camouflage themselves from orcas, tiger sharks, dusky sharks and bull sharks.
- They can weigh from 400-600 pounds and average around 10 feet in length. A full grown male is considerable larger than the female tends to grow at a faster rate until about 10 years old.
- Bottlenose dolphins can often live between 30-50 years in the wild.
- They are found globally but are most common in tropical waters. The bottlenose dolphin is the most common cetacean found along the Gulf coast.
- You can find these animals in the open ocean but also they are common in bay, channels and shallow lagoon.
- Bottlenose dolphins live in small social groups (2- 20 dolphins).
- They can often be seen riding the bows of ships or performing highly acrobatic leaps.
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