The Bottle-Nosed Dolphin

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The Bottle-Nosed Dolphin


The Bottle-nosed Dolphin is the most studied and generally the best-known species of
dolphin. Bottle-nosed dolphins are classified "Tursiops truncates" in scientific name, and
belong to the family Delphinidae, in the suborder Odontoceti, order Cetacea.

This animal is a very intelligent individual. Bottle-nosed dolphins are commonly found in
zoos or marine parks because of their capability to perform tricks. They can jump through
hoops 5 meters high because of their incredibly powerful tail. As well as jumping,
Bottle-nosed dolphins can raise themselves upright out of the water and travel backwards,
by threshing their tails.


Bottle-nosed dolphins are generally coastal creatures, occurring along almost all tropical
and temperate coasts, although offshore varieties also occur. In addition, the
Bottle-nosed dolphin is called the "all-ocean" dolphin, meaning that it lives in every
ocean. It is common for a school of 20 dolphins to live together in coastal regions, but
school of 200 dolphins are found in the offshore verities. These schools do not seem to
have a leader and generally stay together for life.


Such sea life as shrimp, squid, small sharks, other vertebrates and fish are all a part of
a Bottle-nosed dolphins diet. When they find a large school of fish, several schools of
dolphins join up to form groups of up to 1000 dolphins. They work together to head and
catch the fish. Another feeding method the Bottle-nosed dolphin has developed is chasing
the fish on to mud banks and snaps them in the air.


Bottle-nosed dolphins are an extremely adaptable mammal. For example, the Atlantic Ocean
form tends to be a little smaller and stockier with a shorter rostrum (nose) compared to
the Pacific form. In Scottish waters, Bottle-nosed dolphins are chubby with a dark gray
complexion, while the in Australian waters, Bottle-nosed dolphins are thin, light gray
appearance, with a dominant circle around each eye. The reason why this dolphin may change
its physical appearance is because there may be more fish in Scotland, or the prey may be
a slower breed, making the Bottle-nosed dolphin not work as hard for its food, therefore
creating a chubbier breed of Bottle-nosed dolphin compared to other parts of the world.
Bottle-nosed dolphin have recently been introduced and are now bonding with humans in
dolphin watching and swim-with-dolphin tourism activities in nature.


A female Bottle-nosed dolphin will mature between the age of 5 to 12 years, and males at 9
to 13 years. Bottle-nosed dolphins live for 30 to 50 years and grow from about a 6-inch
calf, up to 10-foot long mature adult in some cases. The female Bottle-nosed dolphin has a
gestation period of 12 months long, after which the mother nurses the calf for about 18
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