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Their Body. The average length of a full grown dolphin is 12 feetThe average weight of a full grown dolphin is 400-500 poundsA bottle nose dolphin has 88- 260 teethAt birth, bottlenose dolphins are 42 to 52 inches long and weigh about 44 pounds. Their Body (continued).

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1. Bottlenose Dolphins By Gianna Bologna

2. Their Body The average length of a full grown dolphin is 12 feet The average weight of a full grown dolphin is 400-500 pounds A bottle nose dolphin has 88- 260 teeth At birth, bottlenose dolphins are 42 to 52 inches long and weigh about 44 pounds

3. Their Body (continued) “Bottlenose Dolphins have stream-lined bodies and a rounded head with a distinctive beak” “They have a tall, sickle-shaped dorsal fin and broad, slightly pointed flippers” Their upper bodies are purplish gray The color of the sides of the dolphin is pale gray and the belly is white

4. Bottlenose Dolphins

5. Food/Diet Bottlenose Dolphins fish near the surface Newborns will drink their mothers milk while the “aunt” guards them They will eat any type of fish or squid In order to find food they use echolocation With echolocation they can “see” the size, shape, distance, speed, direction, and internal structure Adults eat 15-20 pounds of food a day

6. Predators Bottlenose dolphins don’t have many predators. Some Predators are: Sharks (tiger sharks, dusky sharks and bull sharks) And Orcas

7. Social Groups Bottlenose dolphins live in small pods of up to 12 They don’t stay with the same pod all the time, they swim away when they want to Some stray but most stay in a group of some sort (not always the same) Most dolphins stay in one pod or another for safety reasons

8. More Facts Some scientists believe that bottlenose dolphins are capable of complex communication skills They can also rescue people from danger

9. Bibliography Georgia Museum of Natural History & Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Mammal specie            s. 02 May 2000. 18 Feb 2009. http://dromus.nhm.uga.edu/~GMNH/gawildlife/index.php?page=sp            eciespages/list_species&class=Mammalia Information About Dolphins Packet. Given in class Knight, J.D., Sea and Sky. Reef Life. 19 Feb 2009. <http://www.seasky.org/reeflife/sea2.h            tml>. Col, Jeananda. Enchanted Learning. http://www.EnchantedLearning.com 1996 “Dolphins”. Dolphin pictures, Facts, Fun Activities and Posters all at dolphinkind.com. http://www.dolphinkind.com/index.html (2-21-09).

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