bottlenose dolphin

bot·tle·nose dolphin | \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōz- \
variants: or less commonly bottle-nosed dolphin \ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōzd- \ 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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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 The Atlantic bottlenose dolphin — bitten by a shark and also sick with pneumonia — was found washed up on the beach in March near Jacksonville. Gabrielle Russon,, "Dolphin, bitten by shark, one step closer to being released," 14 May 2018 By Carrie Arnold PUBLISHED April 3, 2018 In the never-ending symphony of the sea, there's a standout among the percussive pings of bottlenose dolphins and the plaintive calls of humpback whales. National Geographic, "These Mysterious Whales Are the Jazz Musicians Of the Sea," 3 Apr. 2018 Hans Zimmer’s score—cymbal swashes of ecstasy and racing violins for the bottlenose dolphins, electro-orchestral groans for something ugly and unredeemed on the ocean floor—has been much praised. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Blue Planet II," 10 Mar. 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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