Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins

Last Tuesday I happened to be at the beach, just in time to glimps a Pod of Dolphins inshore,certainly not Bottlenose but so rewarding to see. Our animal for today is the Bottlenose dolphin.

September 28, 2017

Here at the Texas State Aquarium, we have four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Shadow, Kai, Liko, and Schooner. Not only are these highly intelligent marine mammals amazing to watch glide, zip, and pivot through the water at Dolphin Bay, they are fascinating in a variety of ways you might not know about! Check out these 10 fascinating facts about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins:

The name “bottlenose” comes from the short, stubby rostrums, or beaks, of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. While hunting on the ocean floor, dolphins use items like sponges to protect their rostrum (beak).

Dolphins can make up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. The clicking noises made by dolphins can reach 1,000 per second. These sounds travel underwater until they come into contact with objects, then return to their dolphin senders, giving information such as the target’s location, shape, and size.

Adults eat about 5% of their body weight per DAY.

Because they consciously breathe, dolphins have to shut down one hemisphere of their brains in order to stay alive while sleeping

The other half of the brain monitors what’s going on in the environment and governs respiratory functions while they are  sleeping. Read more at

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Bottlenose Dolphin – Tursiops truncatus A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River – near the Kennedy Space Center.
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Grand dauphin de l’Océan Indien, Tursiops aduncus, dans la Port River, vers Adélaïde (Australie méridionale).
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Bottlenose dolphin breaching in the wake of a boat


Bottlenose dolphins are in the genus Tursiops. They are the most common members of the family Delphinidae, the family of oceanic dolphins. Molecular studies show the genus contains three species: the common bottlenose dolphin, the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, and the Burrunan dolphin. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Tursiops

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Delphinidae

Kingdom: Animalia Mass: Common bottlenose dolphin: 150 – 650 kg, 

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Length: Common bottlenose dolphin: 2 – 4 m, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin: 2.6 m, more