Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins are small, toothed whales that have a long, beaklike snout, a sickle-shaped dorsal fin, and sharp teeth. Dolphins breathe air through a single blowhole. They grow to be at most 12 feet (3.3 m) long. Dolphins live in small groups of up to 12 ; these groups are called pods. Bottlenose dolphins have a life span of about 35 – 40 years. Dolphins swim by moving their tail up and down. Fish swim by moving their tail left and right.

Bottlenose dolphins are hunters who find their prey at the surface of the water, eating mostly fish and squid. Bottlenose Dolphins are found in both temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world.

Some sharks will prey upon dolphins. Dolphins are also often trapped in fishing nets.

Dolphins are exceptionally playful creatures, often seen leaping out of the water purely for fun. They are very friendly and will interact with humans.

Fungi the Dingle Dolphin is a bottlenose Dolphin, Fungi can be seen in the harbour of Dingle Bay. He has made Dingle his home since 1984.

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