The most common species of dolphin found almost worldwide, these mammals have been known to man probably before ancient Greek and roman times.
Bottlenose dolphins give birth about once every three years, sometimes longer. The gestation period lasts about one year. Calves, as the young are referred to, are not fully weaned until about 18-20 months and can stay with their mother for many more years. Their lifespan is between 40 and 50 years of age.
These dolphins are mostly grey and can vary in size depending on whether or not they live mostly offshore or stay inshore, in rivers, canals, bays and estuaries. Offshore they can be found in groups of hundreds while inshore, they form much smaller groups like 2 – 20. In the Palm Beaches we see them in the intracoastal waterways, estuaries, canals and the open ocean. We commonly see them in small groups near shore feeding on fish in the sand and on small reef patches.
Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Stay’ and ‘Liveaboard’ adventures where you can encounter this animal by clicking on the tabs on the left.