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Bottlenose Dolphin


Scientific Name: Tursiops truncatus
Bottlenose dolphin illustration by Pieter Folkens
Illustration by Pieter A. Folkens
The bottlenose dolphin, whose scientific name means “the cut-off face,” is one of the most commonly known dolphins.  This dolphin is found in the shallower waters of the main Hawaiian Islands. This species is also found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  These dolphins eat a wide variety of foods, including fish, squid and crustaceans. 
FAMILY DELPHINIDAE
MEASUREMENTS AT BIRTH
LENGTH 33-55” (84-104 cm)
WEIGHT 31-44 lb (14-20 kg)
MAXIMUM MEASUREMENTS
LENGTH MALE 8’-12’6” (2.45-3.8 m)
FEMALE 7’10”-12’ (2.4-3.7 m)
WEIGHT MALE 1100 lb (500 kg)
FEMALE 570 lb (260 kg)
LIFE SPAN
MALE 40-45 years
FEMALE At least 50 years


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