Common Bottlenose Dolphins Facts
|Scientific Name – Tursiops truncatus
Scientific Order – Cetacea
Sub-order – Odontoceti (toothed-whales)
How Tall are Dolphins? – 6 ½ to 12 feet (2 to 3.8 meters); Males are slightly larger than females
How Much Does a Dolphin Weigh? – Average weight about 380 pounds (200 kg)
Where Do Dolphins Live?
Common Bottlenose dolphins are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, except for Polar Regions.
How Long Do Dolphins Live?
The latest data shows that on average, a one-year old dolphin in Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) accredited facilities will live for more than 25 years. Current scientific data shows that bottlenose dolphins in AMMPA member facilities live longer than their counterparts in the wild.
What Do Dolphins Eat?
Bottlenose dolphin’s diet consists of small fish such as herring, capelin, mackerel, squid, mullet and sardines.
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