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Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus


Bottlenose dolphins are commonly found around the world. They average 2.5m long and weigh in between 200 and 300 kg. Bottlenose dolphins are dark gray above and lighter gray below, which is an example of countershading. Bottlenose dolphins are also social animals, typically living in groups called pods. These pods usually have 10 to 30 animals, but the social structure is complex; pods may break into multiple smaller pods only to come back together again later.


Temperate seas worldwide.


Never feed or harass wild dolphins! Feeding can lead to bad dolphin habits, such as begging at boats, as well as a loss of natural feeding behaviors. Remember that dolphins are wild animals! If they're close enough to take food from your hand, they're close enough to bite! No dolphins were harassed for the taking of these pictures; they approached the boat, and we left shortly after they lost interest in us.

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Arun 9 years ago

Awesome !!!

harsuame 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic first spotting! 9 years ago


ShannonE 9 years ago

I am very pleased! I do dorsal fin photography for photo ID of individual dolphins, but it's rare to get nice action shots!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah. That first shot in particular is fantastic. You must be very pleased.

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Port St. Joe, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2012
Submitted on Oct 4, 2012


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