Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops truncatus
Range Global Oceans
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Tursiops

(Gervais 1855)

Species • T. truncatus
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Least Concern

The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a common dolphin found in the Global Oceans. It is known to play around with humans and swim in the wake of motor boats. These dolphins are very smart, and are known to perform in dolphin shows and even save people from sharks.

Although it is not confirmed, there is a myth that when dolphins are in the water there are no sharks nearby. There is many controversy because dolphins DO chase sharks out of the territory, yet sharks come to eat the same species of small fish as dolphins.

For an unknown reason, when humans are in the presence of Dolphins it typically makes them happy and cheerful. Many dolphins have actually been caught on tape chasing sharks away from humans, or even asking for a human to untangle them from a fishing net or something else. One dolphin can even do math, and was featured on National Geographic for Kids. The dolphin was shown two posters with dots on them, and was asked to point (with his nose) to the poster with the most dots. It typically gets it right, which gets him a reward.

Dolphins are incredibly popular, because of this intelligence. Often tourists from other areas will enjoy taking Dolphin Sightseeing tours, which allow visitors to view dolphins in the wild. In areas like Marco Island, FL, dolphins on the dolphin tours will be sighted repeatedly, and even named, as well as their kin. One reason of this is because most dolphins feature distinct markings (e.g. Scars, marks on fin, etc.). Also, many dolphins will return to the same area several times, probably for food.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated