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Bottlenose Dolphins; Friends of the Sea

Dolphins roam through warm ocean waters across the world. One species in particular is unique: the bottlenose dolphin.

Bottlenose dolphins are mammals and are a part of more than 30 different species of dolphins worldwide. The bottlenose communicates with other dolphins using clicks, squeals, and whistles. This is special because not all animals communicate like this. Bottlenose dolphins have a big seafood diet, such as fish, salmon, squid, and shrimp. They also hunt with other dolphins.

Bottlenoses are blue-gray and paler than Indian Ocean dolphins, which are significantly darker than bottlenoses. They weigh between 330.7 to 606.3 pounds and are between 1.9 to 3.9 meters long. Bottlenose dolphins live for many years, some as long as 30 years old! They only have one calf per mating season.

Although dolphins live in the water, they need to go up to the surface to breathe. Try to spot a bottlenose dolphin next time you go near the oceans!

[Source: The Big Book of Animals]

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