Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Depending on the area where they live, bottlenose dolphins vary very much in colour, weight and size (they can be anything from approx. 2 m in length to more then 4 m). These animals can reach an age of about 30 years and dive up to 300 metres. Bottlenose dolphins are well-known due to dolphinariums and Flipper movies.

  • Presence in the Strait of Gibraltar: all year round
  • Other names: common bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, bottle-nosed dolphin, grey porpoise, black porpoise, common porpoise, cowfish
Bottlenose dolphin

Interesting Facts

Suborder: toothed whales
Family: Delphinidae (dolphins)
Size: 2–4 m
Weight: 150–650 kg
Diet: fish and cephalopodes; 18–36 kg/day
Status: not endangered

Distinguishing Features

  1. greyish colour
  2. dark cape on the back
  3. lighter underside
  4. falcate dorsal fin
  5. flukes with concave trailing edges and distinct notch