Bottlenose Dolphin

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusTursiops
Binomial nameTursiops truncatus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The common bottlenose dolphin grows from 6.2-13.1 ft (1.9-4m). Their diet consists mainly of squid and small fish. They have a single calf with a gestation period of 12 months. 

Bottlenose dolphins are gray to black, with a lighter underside and a dorsal cape.

They have a short beak, with a mouthline that makes them look like they are smiling.

The common bottlenose dolphin is the dolphin that you will most likely have seen in television or films.