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Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus


The common bottlenose dolphin is grey in color and may be between 2 and 4 m (6.6 and 13 ft) long, and weigh between 150 and 650 kg (330 and 1,400 lb). Males are generally larger and heavier than females. In most parts of the world the adult's length is between 2.5 and 3.5 m (8.2 and 11 ft) with weight ranges between 200 and 500 kg (440 and 1,100 lb). Newborn calves are between 0.8 and 1.4 m (2 ft 7 in and 4 ft 7 in) long and weigh between 15 and 30 kg (33 and 66 lb). The dolphins have a short and well-defined snout that looks like an old-fashioned gin bottle, which is the source for their common name. Like all whales and dolphins, though, the snout is not a functional nose, which has evolved instead into the blowhole on the top of their heads. Their necks are more flexible than other dolphins' due to five of their seven vertebrae not being fused together as is seen in other dolphin species.


waters off Florida's Gulf Coast


Pod of dolphins playing in the waters off Sanibel Island, Florida. This juvenile dolphin was leaping over the adult, who was also leaping!

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63 Comments (1–25)

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

I have only seen this once where I lived where the babies were jumping. It is so endearing to watch. I love these photos and descriptions!

rose516 10 years ago


Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

spectacular capture and belated congrats!!

CostaBoyJack 10 years ago


Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Wow.. That's fantastic..

rebecca71003 10 years ago

thats awesome picture. pretty cool how the dophin is over the other dolphin also cute picture too.

Elkman 10 years ago

Great series. Congratulations!

birdlady6000 10 years ago

Hi Donna! I would like to share with you a very educational and enjoyable book by Dr Denise L Herzing, "Dolphin Diaries", published 2011. She spent her life studying dolphins and I know you would enjoy her book.

17chszeman 10 years ago

Bottlenose Dolphins and Killer Whales or Orcas are so adorable beautiful and cute

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Congratulations on such a beautiful series and National Geographic Spotting of the Week!

CristinaSalgueiral 10 years ago

So beautiful and precious moments ,,,great shots Donna !!

TeresaTrumbleThomas 10 years ago

What a wonderful, tender moment you captured! I have been showing this to everyone! LOVE it! Congrats!

Lee Williams
Lee Williams 10 years ago

Really great series!

Beautiful capture Donna,congrats on the National Geographic Spotting of the Week.Thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Great spotting! Congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

What an honor Donna! Congratulations on this recognition by National Geographic. WOW! Great series.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations DonnaPomeroy! Very cool!

MelissaBrown 10 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna great series !

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna, awesome spot and shot !

patty 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna it is a fantastic series!! =)

DavidMroczkowski 10 years ago

beautiful series

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna!
A young bottlenose dolphin jumps over an adult in our National Geographic Spotting of the Week.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Feb 27, 2013

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