bottlenose dolphin

bot·​tle·​nose dolphin | \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōz- How to pronounce bottlenose dolphin (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bottle-nosed dolphin \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ˌnōzd-​ How to pronounce bottle-nosed dolphin (audio) \ or bottlenose

Definition of bottlenose dolphin

: a relatively small chiefly gray toothed whale (Tursiops truncatus) of temperate to tropical waters that has a prominent beak and falcate dorsal fin, reaches a length of 6 to 12 feet (1.8 to 3.6 meters), and is typically found in groups also : a related whale (T. aduncus) of waters of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean

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Scientists have known that both male and female bottlenose dolphins have signature whistles somewhat akin to names since the 1960s. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why Male Dolphin Buddies 'Hold Hands'," 7 June 2018 An acute bacterial infection caused the death of Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin that died at an aquatics facility near Scottsdale on May 22. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Report: Alia the bottlenose dolphin died of a bacterial infection," 29 June 2018 Dolphinaris Arizona announced that one of its bottlenose dolphins died Tuesday morning at its facility in Scottsdale. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Alia bottlenose dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale," 22 May 2018 The 265-pound Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was rescued in February on on Ponte Vedra Beach. Gabrielle Russon,, "SeaWorld: Good news animal story — 'Sharkie' the dolphin set free," 2 July 2018 Maxine, a 3-1/2-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at Brookfield Zoo, has died of a bacterial infection, the zoo announced Tuesday. Steve Johnson,, "Young Brookfield Zoo dolphin dies unexpectedly," 12 June 2018 Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin that died Tuesday morning at Dolphinaris Arizona’s aquatic facility, was celebrated by a group of activists who held a memorial for her in Scottsdale on Wednesday. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Activists pursue more information on dolphin's cause of death," 24 May 2018 Four common bottlenose dolphins residing in the aquarium’s Dolphin Bay exhibit also live in bay water. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas State Aquarium doubles down on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation after Harvey," 3 June 2018 Alia’s death marks the second bottlenose dolphin to die within the past nine months at Dolphinaris Arizona, an aquatics attraction located off Loop 101, on the Salt River Reservation just east of Scottsdale. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Activists pursue more information on dolphin's cause of death," 24 May 2018

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bottlenose dolphin

: a small gray whale that has a long nose

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