(Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus

 

 

Distribution roughly overlies that of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. All wild bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf belong to this species, which is genetically closer to Stenella species and to the common dolphin than to the common bottlenose dolphin.

At sea identification: Mature animals are 2-2.5 m in length, smaller and slimmer than the common bottlenose dolphin and with a more slender beak. Sexually mature animals acquire dark spots on the light under parts. This species is coastal only.

Identifying marks on land: As of the common bottlenose dolphin.

Feeds on fish and cephalopods, both bottom (reef) dwellers and pelagic. Rather common throughout the Gulf.

 

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