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Meet The Bottlenose Dolphins: The Smart & Sociable Stars Of The Sea

September 8, 2021    7 min read

Considered as one of the smartest and charismatic mammals on Earth, bottlenose dolphins are unique in every way. From sending messages to one another in many different ways to having excellent vision and claiming the spot of ‘most social mammals’, their intellect, friendly attitude, and smiling faces make bottlenose dolphins popular. Their curved mouth structure gives the appearance of a permanent smile, and they can also be trained to perform complex tricks.

The Cute Koalas Are A Little Human Too!

Source: National Geographic

Bottlenose dolphins communicate with a complex system of squeaks, squawks, whistles, and clicks. They jump as high as 20 feet in the air, fastening their jaws, whacking their tails on the surface of the water, thumping bubbles, and even butting heads. What's even more exciting is that each dolphin has a unique whistle that it creates right after it is born. This whistle is more like a human’s name, which is used for identification. Let's uncover some interesting facts about one of the sharpest stars of the sea.

Amazing Facts About Common Bottlenose Dolphins
Powerful Hearing

Bottlenose dolphins have a very strong sense of hearing. As per scientists, the sound waves travel from the dolphin's lower jaw to its inner ear and then are further transferred to the brain for examination.

Gigantic Creatures

Dolphins grow anywhere from 6 to 12 feet long. They alleviate their external layer of skin every two hours. Common bottlenose dolphins can go up to 13 feet (4 m) long and weigh around 1,300 pounds (590 kg).

Most Social Mammal

Source: Scientific American

Bottlenose dolphins are extremely social, cheerful, and playful mammals. They even form strong bonds of friendships that last decades hunting, mating, and having each other’s backs. These energetic dolphins like to surf in the tides and swim through self-created bubble rings and swim up to 22 miles an hour.

Dolphin Gang

Source: Carbon Brief

These sea mammals feed on fish, squid, and shrimp. A group of dolphins will cooperate and coordinate with each other to make a mud ring to trap fish. Then, some of the dolphins in the group stay outside the ring for the fishes that try to bypass the trap, swallowing them up if they try to escape!.


Dolphins also generate high-frequency sounds, which act like a sonar system called echolocation. When the clicking sounds encounter any item in the water, like a fish or pebble, they bounce off and go back to the dolphin as echoes. Echolocation instructs the dolphins about the shape, size, speed, distance, and location of the object which helps inform them of what’s ahead and navigate underwater.

Wrapping Up

Source: Newsweek

Bottlenose dolphins are indeed one of the most amazing and mighty creatures on Earth. It's safe to say that our planet is full of unheard and magnificent animals, out of which many also enjoy human company.

Are you someone who loves to read about the incredible fauna of our home planet? Well then, stay tuned with our Animal Kingdom series, because we will soon be back with insights on such unique and amazing animals.

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