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Interesting facts about Bottlenose dolphins

Here are some interesting facts about Bottlenose dolphins that you should be interested in reading from top to bottom.


The scientific name for the Bottlenose dolphin is Tursiops Truncates. It is the most well-known and most popular dolphin. It is also the specie that is often trained in acrobatic shows such as the ones used in Sea World dolphin training sessions.

By now you probably want to say: "Give me some facts about Bottlenose dolphins." and we will do this right now.

What is the Bottlenose dolphin's weight? It is 230 kg. As for its length, the Bottlenose dolphin measures approximately 3.9 m long. What is the bottlenose habitat? They live in all seas but seem to prefer warmer waters such as sub-tropical and tropical seas and regions.

What is the population of the Bottlenose dolphin? Here is some detailed Bottlenose dolphin population information. Worldwide, the population of Bottlenose dolphins is unknown but the facts that we have make it obvious that there are no endangered Bottlenose dolphins. In the Gulf of Mexico, along the USA coast, the population is estimated to be at least of 67,000 individuals. In the North Pacific and by the coasts of Japan, the population of Bottlenose dolphins is estimated at approximately 35,000 individuals. In the territorial waters of the USA situated in the North Atlantic, there is about 11, 700 individuals which include 9,200 individuals that are living offshore. Finally, the population of Bottlenose dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea is estimated at less than 10,000
individuals.

What is the respiration rates Bottlenose dolphin has per minute? It depends, when resting, a Bottlenose dolphin is taking two to three breaths per minute. When exercising, a Bottlenose dolphin can double up its normal respiration rate. How long can a Bottlenose dolphin hold its breath before exhaling at the surface? The average time between exhaling and inhaling times is thirty minutes for a Bottlenose dolphin and the process itself lasts about 0.3 second. The deeper he dives, the higher the pressure and the more often he will have to go back to complete his respiration process at the surface.

How deep Bottlenose dolphins do usually dive? The average diving depth for Bottlenose dolphins is 300 m. What is the percentage of the gases exchange of a Bottlenose dolphin during the respiration
process at the surface of the water? Contrary to humans whose gases exchange is only 17%, the Bottlenose dolphin gases exchange is a lot higher and more efficient at 80%.

Which are the ways the Bottlenose dolphin protects itself? There are several ways. First, as they are usually swimming in pods, the bigger the pods, the more eyes they have to watch for predators. Great eyesight, an impressive agility and high speed are all ways to help a Bottlenose dolphin to protect himself from predators. Dolphins also use clicking and whistling sounds to warn other dolphins of predators. Although flight is usually their response while facing danger, sometimes, the response of a Bottlenose dolphin may be more aggressive. For example, when facing a shark, the dolphin will use its snout to hit repeatedly the shark either on the stomach or against the gills which may cause the death of the shark. Unfortunately, calves, hurt or sick dolphins are often easy preys to
predators.

The birth of wild dolphins such as the Bottlenose dolphin is both exciting and interesting to read about. A baby dolphin is called a calf. Around 8 to 10 years old, a female may start to be able to give birth every 2-3 years. Each time, one calf is born. The birth seasons vary depending on the region where the Bottlenose dolphin habitat is situated at the time.

The calf is born in the water with the assistance of another dolphin that can be male or female and is called and "auntie" which is also the only dolphin that will be allowed near the calf. During the delivery, the calf can be delivered either head or tail first. The umbilical cord snaps either during or soon after birth.

At birth, the calf measures between 42"-52" long and weighs about 44 lbs. The nursing period can last up to 18 months. After 3-4 months, as his teeth are starting to grow, his menu may contain some fish. Although he can vocalize as soon as he is born, the language develops with age.


This concludes the information shared on this page about the Bottlenose dolphin. If you wish to find out more interesting facts about Bottlenose dolphins, please read some of the articles that are related to the main page: "Facts about dolphins".






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