bottlenose dolphin

noun
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 bottlenose 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

Examples of bottlenose dolphin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Episode two follows Jay Sargent, who develops a friendship with a bottlenose dolphin named Jojo. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 July 2022 And in 2006, a Hanger team in Florida created a prosthetic for a bottlenose dolphin that had lost its tail after becoming tangled in ropes from a crab trap. Julie Watson, USA TODAY, 14 May 2022 The bottlenose dolphin was stranded alive on the beach on April 10 and was pushed back into the water as beachgoers tried to swim with and ride the animal, the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network said in a Facebook post. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 7 May 2022 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement put the call out after the dead bottlenose dolphin was found on Fort Myers Beach March 24. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 The reserve is also home to the endangered sandy blind mole rat, the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin, rare flowers, countless mollusks, dozens of species of fish — and, in recent weeks, an invading military. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 The bottlenose dolphin was recovered on March 24 on Fort Myers Beach with an obvious wound near the right eye, according to a statement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NBC News, 19 Apr. 2022 In a separate incident this week in Florida, NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement asked the public for information about a bottlenose dolphin found dead on Fort Myers Beach. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2022 Tail-walking was unknown in nature until a bottlenose dolphin named Billie was rescued from a polluted harbor in Australia, in the late nineteen-eighties, and sheltered for a few weeks at a water park showcasing dolphins. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bottlenose dolphin

1826, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2022

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“Bottlenose dolphin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottlenose%20dolphin. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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