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my777. Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), underwater. Honduras, Caribbean Sea.
playful bottlenose dolphin with mouth open underwater photograph
my715. two Bottlenosed Dolphins jumping side by side. Professional imagery for sale
two bottlenose dolphins jumping picture
mt106. Bottlenose Dolphins, jumping at sunset. tropical and temperate seas worldwide
silhouette hires photo of bottlenose dolphins leaping at sunset
my849. Bottlenose Dolphin, surfing along at surface. Many species of cetaceans available in our library
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Bottlenose Dolphin
scientific name Tursiops truncatus
range Worldwide, tropical to cool temperate seas
habitat Coastal, open ocean
size To 12 feet (4m), 1200 pounds (550kg)
diet Fish, squid, invertebrates
trivia Flipper species; 40-50 year life span; 2 varities (smaller inshore form, and larger offshore)
Featured in art both ancient and modern, films, TV, and in aquarium shows worldwide, the Bottlenose Dolphin is likely the species most familiar to people. It is larger and more powerfully built than many other members of the family Delphinidae, but size, shape and color vary widely on an individual basis and according to location. It has adapted to an amazingly wide range of habitats including coastal reefs, bays, estuaries, river mouths, and open ocean atolls around the world from nearly 60 degrees North to 50 degrees South latitude.
     Tursiops truncatus is obviously an acrobatic species capable of powerful jumps, often curious towards people, and a regular bow-rider of boats. Most are varying shades of gray, with a stout broad beak and prominent dorsal fin. Males are larger than females. Studied carefully both in captivity and the wild, we know more about the reproductive biology of this species than that of most other oceanic dolphins. Gestation lasts nearly a year, 3-4 long calves are born year round, and young are not fully weaned until 18 or 20 months old.
     Depending on location, diet varies considerably, and some populations of Bottlenose Dolphins have developed special feeding behaviors: sometimes cooperating with, sometimes stealing from, commercial fishermen; chasing fish up onto shore; hunting deepsea fish to 1500 feet deep.
     Overall, the general outlook for this species is relatively positive, though certain local populations face problems with pollution, hunting (thousands are still killed each year for food or bait), habitat loss, gillnet entanglement, and food depletion.



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