Bottlenose dolphins are mammals that are well known as the intelligent and charismatic stars of many aquarium shows. Their curved mouths give the appearance of a friendly, permanent smile, and they can be trained to perform complex tricks.
In the wild, these sleek swimmers can reach speeds of over 18 miles an hour. They go to the surface often to breathe, doing so two or three times a minute.
Bottlenose dolphins travel in social groups and communicate with each other by a complex system of squeaks and whistles. Dolphin schools have been known to come to the aid of an injured dolphin and help it to the surface.
These dolphins track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. They can make up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. These sounds travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back to their dolphin senders, revealing the location, size, and shape of their target.
When dolphins are feeding, that target is often a bottom dwelling fish, though they also eat shrimp and squid. These clever animals sometimes spot fishing boats and hope of dining on leftovers.
These guys are friendly, clever and will be your new best friend.