Bottlenosed dolphins are the most observed dolphins in coastal waters. If you’ve seen a dolphin on TV or in movies, it’s probably a bottlenose dolphin.
While other dolphin species might prefer the open waters, bottlenose dolphins are typically found closer to land — even venturing into estuaries, swamps, and other coastal biomes.
They can be found anywhere on the planet where ocean waters are temperate.
Reaching weights of up to 640 kilograms (roughly 1400 pounds) and lengths of around 4 metres (12.5 feet), you won’t fit a dolphin in your aquarium at home.
But despite their size, their streamlined bodies and strong tails allow them to move gracefully and powerfully through the water.
An adult dolphin can reach speeds of up to 35 km/h (22 mph).
They love to leap from the water — sometimes performing flips and other aerial stunts.
Dolphins live long lives, some as long as 40-50 years.
During that time, they’ll often travel with the same group of dolphins, known as a pod.
While the pod’s exact members might change, scientists have observed that they form lasting friendships and relationships — just like we do!