Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin, illustration by A. Francis, courtesy of Brighton Dolphin Project

Bottlenose dolphins inhabit warm and temperate seas worldwide, being found everywhere except for the Arctic and Antarctic Circle regions. Their name derives from the Latin tursio (dolphin) and truncatus for their characteristic truncated teeth. Adults weigh an average of 300 kg (660 pounds) and can reach a length of just over 4 meters (13 feet).

Did you know?

Bottlenose dolphins can reach speeds over 30km per hour and dive as deep as 250m below the surface.

Sighting 1 mile off Shoreham