Bottlenose Dolphin

Photo: NEFSC

Photo: NEFSC

  • Scientific Name: Tursiops truncatus
  • Length: up to 12.5 feet
  • Weight: up to 1400 pounds
  • Northeast population: 71,000-82,000
  • Mid- Atlantic population: 6,000-7,500
  • Status: Protected
  • Description:  Robust bodies.  Short, thick beaks.  Light gray to black coloration on back with lighter colorations on belly.  Coastal animals are usually found in groups of 2-15 animals.  Offshore animals are typically larger.

* Northeast:  Western North Atlantic Offshore Stock.  Mid-Atlantic:  Western North Atlantic Coastal Migratory Stock.

Photo: NOAA

Photo: NOAA

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