Educational Resources-Dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops truncates (Montague)


This section is designed to aid the teachers in fulfilling the following AHSGE Standards and Objectives requirements:

  • Standard: I-1
  • Standard: II-1
  • Standard:III-1, III-3
  • Standard: VI-1

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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