The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common and well-known dolphin species. It inhabits warm and temperate seas worldwide and may be found in all but the Arctic and the Antarctic Oceans.  Photo credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center

The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common and well-known dolphin species. It inhabits warm and temperate seas worldwide and may be found in all but the Arctic and the Antarctic Oceans. Photo credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center

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Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

When to Watch Whales in California: What You'll See Might Surprise You: Bottlenose Dolphin

When to Watch Whales in California: What You'll See Might Surprise You: Bottlenose Dolphin

Get up close with the highly intelligent common bottlenose dolphin.

Get up close with the highly intelligent common bottlenose dolphin.

Get up close with the highly intelligent common bottlenose dolphin.

Get up close with the highly intelligent common bottlenose dolphin.

Tursiops aduncus - the Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin. Until 1998, all bottlenose dolphins were considered members of the single species T. truncatus. In that year, the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin was recognized as a separate species. The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin is generally smaller than the common bottlenose dolphin, has a proportionately longer rostrum & has spots on its belly & lower sides. It also has more teeth than the common bottlenose dolphin — 23 to 29 teeth on each…

Tursiops aduncus - the Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin. Until 1998, all bottlenose dolphins were considered members of the single species T. truncatus. In that year, the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin was recognized as a separate species. The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin is generally smaller than the common bottlenose dolphin, has a proportionately longer rostrum & has spots on its belly & lower sides. It also has more teeth than the common bottlenose dolphin — 23 to 29 teeth on each…

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