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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Recent Examples on the Web Ten years out, Smith is also seeing higher rates of reproductive failure, lung disease, heart issues, impaired stress response, and death in bottlenose dolphins. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 Carol studied marine biology and wrote a popular book about her doctoral work with two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Joel Shurkin, Scientific American, "The Human Toll of Alzheimer’s," 15 Apr. 2020 Florida Melbourne: An algae toxin 1,000 times deadlier than cyanide lingers at trace levels in the livers of bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon, a new study shows, remaining there even when the algae is not blooming. USA TODAY, "Lobster blood, Washington’s teeth, Hawaii shark hero: News from around our 50 states," 21 Feb. 2020 In 2011, a pod adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin, which had been spurned. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 That’s one situation that behavior ecologist Bruno Díaz López posed to bottlenose dolphins in Italy’s Gulf of Aranci. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Wild Dolphins Seem to Have a Range of Personalities," 15 Apr. 2020 The fishing remained eventful with a 10-foot hammerhead hooked and released, as well as a bottlenose dolphin that got tangled in a line that was also safely untangled and released. Doug Howlett, Field & Stream, "The Story Behind the New Record Bluefin Tuna," 21 Feb. 2020 In May 2019, for example, a bottlenose dolphin that was impaled by a spear-like object in its head was found dead off Captiva Island. New York Times, "Finding Dolphins Shot and Stabbed, Authorities Offer $20,000 for Help," 12 Feb. 2020 Narrated by Natalie Portman, Dolphin Reef follows a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Echo. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "Celebrate Earth Month with these documentaries and series on Disney+," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bottlenose dolphin

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Bottlenose dolphin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bottlenose dolphin

: a small gray whale that has a long nose

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