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Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus


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Bottle-nosed Dolphin breaching in the bow wave of a boat
credit: NASA

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Family: Delphinidae, Ocean Dolphins view all from this family

Description Large, plain gray dolphin with short, wide beak, wide head and body, and long flippers. Tall dorsal fin mid-body and sickle-shaped. Flukes medium-sized with deep notch. Variable in size and color, some populations may have a few spots. Body is darkest on back, grading to white on belly..

Dimensions 2.6-3.4m, 150-300kg

Habitat Beaches, shorelines & estuaries, Offshore waters, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, California, Eastern Canada

Discussion Feeds on fish and squid. Acrobatic and fond of bow-riding. Common in groups of 1-25, and up to several hundred along coastlines and far offshore