Common Bottle-nosed Dolphin
Two populations of
Common Bottle-nosed Dolphins are recognized. The coastal
population is well known by its representation as "Flipper"
of television fame. They performin dolphin shows and
are exploited in "swim with" programs. Pelagic birders are
more likely to encounter the offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin
on continental shelf edge trips.
Bottle-nosed Dolphins are a combination of gray tones
lighter on the underside and darker on the upper part of the
body. They have a distinct medium-sized beak.
Behavior is well studied because the
dolphins have been kept in captivity since 1930.
Female pods with young of both sexes are known along with
pods composed of young males. Pods usually consist of up to
10 animals with offshore pods slightly larger. Extensive
cooperation among pod members.
They jump and ride bow waves.
||This is an inshore
Bottle-nosed Dolphin photographed in the Texas
coastal waterway by David Berg on a Bill Drummond
trip. Passengers on the boat could distinctly hear
the communication clicks between the dolphins.