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Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Temperate seas worldwide. The animals were found in saltwater rivers connecting to Wassaw Sound, Georgia.

Notes:

1st photo: a dolphin approaches the boat. 2nd photo: a mother-calf pair! 3rd photo: a tail slap; this is a social behavior that helps to keep the "pecking order". -------------------------- 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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4 Comments

Gaia80
Gaia80 9 years ago

Good spotting!

Nishant
Nishant 9 years ago

Gorgeous dolphin!!

ShannonE
ShannonE 9 years ago

Gracias! Cuando tomo fotos de delfines, por lo general es para investigar su comportamiento. A veces, me gusta tomar fotos divertidas!

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Fant√°sticas series muy buenas tomas

ShannonE
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ShannonE

Georgia, USA

Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on Oct 8, 2012

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