The Common Bottlenose Dolphin is the most well-known species of ocean dolphin. They are found in temperate and tropical oceans around the world. Here are some fun facts about the Common Bottlnose Dolphin.
The Common Bottlenose Dolphin is not the only species of Bottlenose Dolphin, though there is some controversy regarding the recognition of various splits to the species and subspecies. The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin and the Burrunan Dolphin are recognized by some authorities, as are the subspecies Black Sea Bottlenose Dolphin and Lahille's Bottlenose Dolphin. These splits were first widely recognized in the early 2000s.
Another name for the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
Common Bottlenose Dolphins feed on fish and other marine prey, including eels, shrimps, and squids.
Dolphins hunt by using echolocation, which is a kind of biological sonar. They make sounds and listen to the echos that are returned to locate and identify prey.
Dolphins also use noises to communicate with each other.
The scientific name for the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is Tursiops truncatus. This Latin name means roughly "looks like a shortened or stubby dolphin-type fish".
Instead of sleeping as most animals do, dolphins rest half of their brains at a time. This is called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep.
Common Bottlenose Dolphins are known for their intelligence. They have larger brains than human beings and the third largest brain relative to body size of all mammals.
The gestation period (length of pregnancy) for the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is 12 months.
Common Bottlenose Dolphins are highly social and typically live in pods (groups) of around 15 dolphins. They may travel in groups of hundreds of individuals for short periods of time.
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Common Bottlenose Dolphin Postcard – Common Bottlenose Dolphins live across the world, swimming in temperate or tropical waters. These gray cuties may swim up to 2600 miles during seasonal migration. They... View on Zazzle