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Miniature Bottlenose DolphinEdit

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Miniature Bottlenose Dolphins, of the genus Tursiops, are marine mamals, classified as a member of the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. They were first discovered by Marine Biologist Brittney K. Laver in 1952 near the coast of Miami, Flordia. The Miniature Bottlenose have been recorded to be between 6-12 inches in length and 3-6 inches in circumference. They have been recorded to live up to as long as 12 years. They are grey, usually varying from a dark grey on their backside and dorsal fin to a lighter, almost white on their underside. This gradient in color keeps them difficult to spot by swimming predators, from both above and below. Miniature Bottlenoses are found in very shallow, warm waters off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas and other areas in the Carribean Sea. Their diet consist of crustaceons, squid and a variety of small fish. Miniature Bottlenoses will often work together in groups to seek out their prey more effeciently. They communicate with other members of their group by making clicking or whistleing sounds, and by using body language. Miniature Bottlenoses breathe using a single blowhole located on the top of their head. Due to their small size they may rise to the oceans surface up to 5 times per minute to take a breath. However, if necessary, they are able to remain submerged for up to 10 minutes. Miniature Bottlenoses have many predators containing a variety of larger fish and sharks, including the Tiger Shark and The Great White Shark. They are well-known for their outstanding eyesight underwater. Unlike other species of dolphin, they also have an excellent sense of smell, which aids in their ability to hunt prey and to avoid predators.

Miniature Dolphins

Miniature Bottlenose Dolphins at play.

Kayla Palmer