Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus

Population trend: Unknown … Baby dolphins will remain with their mother for two or three years

Type: Mammal (Cetacean)

Location: Wide distribution in coastal and continental shelf waters in tropical and temperate zones. In UK waters especially the Moray Firth, Scotland, Cardigan Bay, Wales and off South West Cornwall in England.

Size: 2.2 – 4.0 metres in length (adult)

Habitat: Both pelagic and continental shelf waters.


*Main Threats:**
Many dolphins die when they are caught accidentally as bycatch of fishing boats. Other threats they face include chemical and noise pollution and habitat degradation. In some countries they are still directly hunted (e.g. in Japan). Although the IUCN classify the common bottlenose dolphin as ‘Least Concern’ worldwide, many inshore bottlenose dolphins exist in small, relatively isolated populations and may be especially vulnerable to human activities. In some specific seas the bottlenose dolphin is classified as Endangered.

Bottlenose dolphins feature in Dolphinaria and ‘swim with dolphins’ attractions around the world. However, these animals were captured from the wild, a cruel process that involves the death of many dolphins each year.

Dolphins are intelligent, wide-ranging, social mammals that use sonar to explore their environment and the close confines of these facilities are not appropriate for keeping these animals.

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