Bottlenose Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Scientific Name: Tursiops truncatus
Conservation Status: Bottlenose dolphins are not listed as endangered, threatened, or vulnerable, yet they do suffer from negative interactions with humans. IUCN Red List classifies Bottlenose dolphin as Least Concern with an unknown population trend.
Length: 7 to 9 feet (varies by geographic location)
Weight: 300 to 1,400 pounds (varies by geographic location)
Diet: Fish, squid and other invertebrates
Reproduction: Give live birth after a 12 month gestation period.
Habitat: Coastal populations migrate into bays, estuaries, and river mouths as well as offshore populations inhabit oceanic waters along the continental shelf.
Threats: Injuries and mortality caused by recreational and commercial fishing gear are among the most serious threats.
Brief Description: Bottlenose dolphins vary in color by geographic range. They are generally slate gray to charcoal in color on the back with the sides appearing to have a light brush shading to white on their belly. Depending on location, their belly may have speckles. Their coloration is referred to as counter shading (camouflage) which helps conceal dolphins from predators and prey in their natural habitat.
Common Name: Bottlenose Dolphin