Common bottlenose dolphins are widespread, except in polar waters. They are extremely sociable and sometimes hunt their prey in teams. Being mammals, dolphins have to return to the surface to breathe every few minutes. They also need to sleep and can rest one side of their brain at a time allowing them to sleep whilst remaining conscious enough to surface and breathe. Common bottlenose dolphins have been known to help one another: injured dolphins are supported at the surface and protected by others within their group.
Did you know?
Bottlenose dolphins sleep with one side of their brain at a time so they can still swim to the surface to breathe.
Scientific name: Tursiops truncatus
The following habitats are found across the Common bottlenose dolphin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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