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Bottlenose Dolphin Facts

Bottlenose dolphin facts: Although there are 36 species of dolphins that live in the ocean, and another 5 river species, the most popular dolphin is the bottlenose. This popularity is likely due to its intelligence, friendliness, and behavior that often mimics human behavior.

While some scientists rank the chimp as second in intelligence to man, many scientists give that honor to the bottleneck dolphin. Dolphins have been used by U.S. Military since the Cold War to attack and kill terrorists. But researchers have noted other forms of dolphin intelligence, including the facts that bottlenecked dolphins hunt in pods, groups of about 12, and capture their prey by group co-operation, which involves some group members surrounding their prey, while others move in for the kill.

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Other displays of intelligence have demonstrated to scientists that the bottleneck dolphin has the intelligence equal to a 3-year-old human child. The bottleneck can, for instance, recognize itself in a mirror, and use a mirror to inspect various parts of its body. And a dolphin that was rescued was taught to ride on its tail in captivity. When returned to the wild, other dolphins that lived in its pod learned how to do the same trick.

Bottlenose dolphin facts: Bottle-nosed dolphins are curious, playful, and exhibit friendliness. They have been known to approach boats and people and let themselves be touched. In the wild, male dolphins have known to make "friends" with populations along beaches, but get aggressive when they become teens.

In many ways, bottleneck dolphins treat their young the same way humans treat their young. A female bottlenose gives birth about once every 2-3 years, often with the aid of a midwife, and normally, the mother has only one calf. She nurses it about eight months, and it stays with her almost 6 years, during which time she teaches it hunting techniques.

Quick Bottlenose Dolphin Facts

  • Each dolphin has its own whistle, and a baby calf quickly learns to recognize its mother's whistle
  • The average lifespan of a dolphin is 20 years, but there is evidence they have reached as long as a 48-year lifespan
  • Although dolphins have almost no sense of smell, they find food by sending out sounds, which echoes back to them, which is known as "echolocation."
  • The gestational period for a bottlenose dolphin is 12 months.
  • A dolphin can stay underwater for 15 minutes before it has to come up for air.
  • The blowhole of a dolphin can empty and refill the lungs within 1/5 of a second.
  • The dolphins live in groups of about 12, which are known as "pods". Occasionally, the pods combine into groups of 200-300 individuals, which are then known as "herds."
  • They can leap up to 20 feet in the air.
  • Dolphins are able to make clicking sounds with their teeth, but vocal sounds, like whistling, are made through a nasal sac in the dolphin's head.
  • Males are larger than females, and can be 13 feet long and weigh over a thousand pounds.
  • Females give birth to a single calf once every 2-3 years.
  • At birth, the bottlenose calf is between 3 and 4 feet long, and weighs about 44 pounds.
  • Bottlenose dolphins often play with their food after catching it.
  • More bottlenose dolphin facts - by the website of the American Catecean Society.

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