8 Common Bottlenose Dolphin Facts

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Dolphins are one of the most charismatic aquatic creatures, and when people think of these animals they often think of bottlenose dolphins. Here at Harbor Breeze Cruises, we see plenty of bottlenose dolphins on nearly every charter. When we encounter bottlenose dolphins on our cruises, our patrons are often blown away by the behavior of the dolphins.  We are also often met with questions from patrons about common bottlenose dolphin facts. Some of the most common questions we are asked are about bottlenose dolphin lifespan and bottlenose dolphin habitat. Below we will answer these questions and discuss other common bottlenose dolphin facts!

1. Appearance

One of the most distinctive features of the bottlenose dolphin is right there in the name! Bottlenose dolphins get their name from their distinctive, long snout that resembles a bottle. In terms of appearance, bottlenose dolphins are also known for their color. The majority of bottlenose dolphins are gray in color with their backs being the darkest and flanks being a lighter hue. Bottlenose dolphins are also known to vary in color somewhat with some bottlenoses appearing to be brown or even blue. 

2. Length

Another common bottlenose dolphin fact is that they are quite large in size. These dolphins frequently grow to over 10 feet in length. Some of the largest bottlenose dolphins have even grown to over 13 feet in length. When compared to humans, that is well over twice the height of the average adult female!

3. Weight

A third common bottlenose dolphin fact is that their average weight range is between 600-700 pounds. There are certainly exceptions to this average weight range however. On the small end, it is not uncommon to find dolphins in the 400-pound range. On the larger end, bottlenoses can grow to nearly 1500 pounds!

4. Bottlenose Dolphin Habitat

Similar to most dolphin species, the bottlenose dolphins’ habitat range is incredibly large. In fact, bottlenose dolphins reside in all of the world’s oceans besides the Arctic Ocean.

5. Population

Unlike many whale species, bottlenose dolphins have a very stable global population. Their population numbers are believed to be approximately 600,000 worldwide. Bottlenose dolphins also have a large California population… explaining why we spot them on nearly every Harbor Breeze charter.

6. Intelligence

It is widely believed that bottlenose dolphins are amongst the most intelligent creatures on earth. There have been countless studies performed on bottlenose dolphins since the mid-twentieth century which all reach similar conclusions regarding the overall high intelligence level of these creatures.

7. Speed

Another common bottlenose dolphin fact is that they are very speedy swimmers. In fact, they are able to swim over 20 miles per hour. Bottlenose dolphins cruising speed is approximately 5 miles per hour which is actually equivalent to the fastest human swimmers.

8. Bottlenose Dolphin Lifespan

Bottlenose dolphin lifespans are in the range of 40-60 years. In the natural world, this is among the longest lifespans of all mammals.

Book a Whale Watching Cruise Today

Now that you’ve learned some common bottlenose dolphin facts,  your interest in getting out on the water and seeing some for yourself has probably peaked. Well if you’re in the Los Angeles / Long Beach area or planning to visit soon, Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises is the perfect opportunity for you. As a top Los Angeles whale-watching operator, our whale-watching cruises take families out to sea on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, searching for the ocean’s most beautiful creatures – whales, dolphins, and sea lions included! For more information regarding times, prices, and more, please visit us online. We can’t wait to see you on board – book a cruise today!


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