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Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Tursiops aduncus
Length:
2.6 m (8.5 ft)
Weight:
230 kg (510 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Fish and cephalods

Physical characteristics

Has a strong, slender body with a long beak and a tall, curved dorsal fin. Has 23 to 29 teeth in each the upper and lower jaw.

Behavioral characterization

N/A

Distribution

India, northern Australia, South China, the Red Sea, and eastern coast of Africa

Population size

Eastern tropical Pacific 23,450; Japanese northwest Pacific 316,935; northern Gulf of Mexico 45,000; U.S. waters of the western North Atlantic 29,774; Mediterranean 10,000; U.S. west coast 5,605

Predators

Sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of around 30.

Major threats

The biggest threats are habitat degradation, overfishing and entanglement in anti-shark nets.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

In Mexico, Nueva Vallarta they have a facility for dolphins and they were the first ones in the world to train Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.