Bottlenose Dolphins

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Where Do Bottlenose 

Dolphins Live?

Do They 

Have Good Hearing?

How Much do they Weigh & 

What is their usual height?

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WHAT ARE BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AND WHAT ARE "PODS" ?

The Bottlenose Dolphin is a type of marine mammal that lives in the ocean. Usually they live in "Pods". A pod is a coherent long-term social unit. The size of a pod varies because of its composition. In general the size of pods tend to increase with water depth and size of habitat. Several pods may join temporarily (for a couple of minutes) to form larger groups called "herds" or "aggregation". In the wild, pods are based largely on age, sex, and reproductive conditions of the dolphins.

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WHERE DO BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS LIVE?

Bottlenose Dolphins live in the Pacific Ocean. They are usually found in Nothern Japan, California, Australia, and Chille. Bottlenose Dolphins can also be found in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the Indian Ocean.

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DO THEY HAVE GOOD HEARING?

Bottlenose Dolphins have a well-developed, acute sense of hearing. The auditory cortex of the brain is highly developed. Bottlenose Dolphins can detect sound of less than 1 kHz. The Bottlenose Dolphin makes conversations by their usual hearing sounds. Others use body-movements to show another way to talk. Some people at Sea World can pronounce the language that the Bottlenose Dolphins use. A female Bottlenose Dolphin can bear a calf every 2 years, but calving intervals generally average 3 years.

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HOW MUCH DO THEY WEIGH & WHAT IS THEIR USUAL HEIGHT?

Bottlenose Dolphins measured off Sarasota, Florida averaged 2.5 to 2.7 m (8.2 ? 8.9 feet) and weighed between 190 and 160 kg. (419 ? 573 lb.) (Read, et. al., 1993. Large Bottlenose Dolphins, in the Pacific may be 3-7 m (12 ft.) and weigh 454 kg. (1,000 lb.) In the Mediterranean Bottlenose Dolphins grow to 3.7 m (12ft.) or more. That is a lot!

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