Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53619

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Delphinidae
Genus:Tursiops
Genus species:Tursiops truncatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:3-4.2 m
Weight:150-200 kg
Identification:The bottle-nosed dolphin has a dark gray back and lighter flanks. Its belly is either white or pink.
Habitat:Temperate and tropical coastal waters
Diet:Carnivore: fish, crustaceans
Reproduction:Calves are born after a gestation period of 12 months and are weaned a year later.
Dolphins are very social animals, forming schools of up to 15 animals. There is much communication and cooperation among the group members.
Behavior:Hunting is done using echolocation. When giving birth, females are assisted by two other females that take the calf to the water's surface for its first breath.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The intelligent bottle-nose dolphin is often seen in zoos, aquariums, and in TV shows.

Other Information

Geographic:Worldwide Date:1964-12 Subjects:Bottle-nose dolphin
sea mammal
Bottlenose dolphin
Tursiops
Dolphins
Delphinidae
Toothed whales
Whales
Cetacea
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Marine mammals
Marine animals