Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Scientific Name: Tursiops turcatus

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

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The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is a social mammal. They can be found in warm, shallow, inland temperate and tropical oceans or seas. This type of dolphin is the largest of the beaked dolphins, with males being considerably larger.

In the wild, these dolphins eat squid, shrimp, eels, and varieties of fish and can swim up to 12 miles per hour to catch their prey. As social animals they hunt in teams and work in groups as many as a dozen. They don’t migrate but travel widely to locate food or even seek out preferred water temperatures.

Mother dolphins give birth to calves along the Florida coast  between February and May. Mother and calf remain close until the calf reaches 4 or 5 years of age, but until then, the bond is inseparable.

Additional Links


Sea World. “Animal Bytes: Bottlenose Dolphin.”

Ballenger, L. and T. Lindsley. 2003. “Species: Tursiops truncatus bottlenosed dolphin.” University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Animal Diversity Web.

National Aquarium in Baltimore. “Animals Index: Atlantic bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncates.”


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