bottlenose dolphin


bot·​tle·​nose dolphin ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōz- How to pronounce bottlenose dolphin (audio)
variants or less commonly bottle-nosed dolphin or bottlenose
: 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 The fiasco began on May 16 when witnesses called the Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s stranding hotline to report the bottlenose dolphin, according to a May 21 Facebook post. Paloma Chavez, Miami Herald, 22 May 2024 Since then, the virus has infected a range of mammal species across the country, including mountain lions, black bears, polar bears, bottlenose dolphins, harbor seals, coyotes, red foxes, minks, otters, squirrels, raccoons and opossums. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2024 According to the results of the study, which tracked a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea over the course of nine years, those bolder dolphins often had a greater role in spreading information to others. Lily Carey, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2024 Since then, it's been found in a range of animals, including a bottlenose dolphin off the coast of Florida in March 2022 and 29 house cats in Poland in June 2023. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Since then, the virus has propagated down through the Americas, killing tens of millions of birds and, perhaps more concerning, infecting dozens of mammalian species: bottlenose dolphins in Florida; sea lions in Peru; elephant seals on the islands near Antarctica. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 5 May 2024 There are records of bottlenose dolphins eating elasmobranchs — groups of fish, including sharks, whose skeletons are cartilage instead of bone — in the waters of South Africa, the Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 Only a few non-human animals have passed the mirror test, including great apes, bottlenose dolphins, elephants, magpies and crows. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Opening a spillway as a flood-control measure in 2019 sent polluted fresh water from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico and killed bottlenose dolphins that live in saltwater, according to a new lawsuit. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bottlenose dolphin was in 1826

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“Bottlenose dolphin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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bottlenose dolphin

bot·​tle·​nose dolphin
: a medium-sized stout-bodied whale with teeth and a short snout

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