Common Bottlenose Dolphins
|Scientific Name – Tursiops truncatus
Scientific Order – Cetacea
Sub-order – Odontoceti (toothed-whales)
Size – 6 ½ to 12 feet (2 to 3.8 meters); Males are slightly larger than females
Weight – average weight about 380 pounds (200 kg)
Common Bottlenose dolphins are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, except for Polar Regions.
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.
Bottlenose dolphin’s diet consists of small fish such as herring, capelin, mackerel, squid, mullet and sardines.
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