Tursiops aduncus, commonly known as the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, is a remarkable marine mammal that inhabits the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These intelligent creatures are highly social and often form close-knit groups, known as pods. Tursiops aduncus are known for their distinctive dorsal fin and their ability to swim at high speeds, often leaping and flipping out of the water. They can be found in a variety of habitats, from shallow coastal waters to deeper offshore environments. Discover more about Tursiops aduncus in the wild and their important role in the marine ecosystem, and witness their beauty and grace in their natural habitat.
Size : usually to 350 cm
Habitat : Predominantly inhabits territorial waters. It is relatively true to its range in regions up to 300 square km and therefore can regularly be observed at various reefs, lagoons and bays. It usually forms schools of 5 to 15 animals, rarely also large associations of up to a thousand. Makes diving excursions of usually only 3 to 4 minutes duration and feeds on fish (usually less than 30 cm length) and cepalopods. It was long considered a subspecies of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin (T. truncatus), but in recent times has obtained the status of an independent species.
Distribution : Red Sea to Japan, Australia and Melanesia.