• Scientific Name:
    Tursiops truncatus
  • Adult Length:
    1.9 - 3.9 m (6.2 - 13 ft)
  • Behavior:
    Highly active, capable of great speed and amazing acrobatics
  • Group size:
    Family groups of 1 - 25
Bottle Nosed Dolphins

Frequent inshore and offshore, often seen during a Galapagos cruise.


Due to its popularity in aquaria and with the media, this is perhaps the most familiar of all the dolphins. It is also one of the most distinctive. Bottle-nosed Dolphins are large, robust animals which move powerfully through the water. Their size and plain gray coloration, paler below but with no distinct flank markings, set them apart from all but the Rough-toothed Dolphin. However, the distinct bulging forehead and short, stubby beak distinguish it from Rough-toothed.

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