Definition of bottlenose dolphin in English:

bottlenose dolphin

(also bottle-nosed dolphin)

Pronunciation /ˌbätlˌnōz ˈdälfin/ /ˌbɑdlˌnoʊz ˈdɑlfən/


  • A stout-bodied dolphin with a distinct short beak, found in tropical and temperate coastal waters.

    Tursiops truncatus, family Delphinidae

    • ‘They have a pronounced bulbous melon that slopes smoothly into a long tube-like beak similar to that of a bottlenose dolphin.’
    • ‘Not long ago in Shark Bay, off the coast of western Australia, a female bottlenose dolphin broke a chunk of sponge off the seafloor and wore it as a mask over her snout while she probed the sediment for fish.’
    • ‘Nobody knows how long a sperm whale can hold its breath - or a bottlenose dolphin either, for that matter.’
    • ‘Just look at the bottlenose dolphin; this species of dolphin does not form male-female couples, but rather males form lifelong pairs with other males.’
    • ‘In another animal experiment, a bottlenose dolphin was trained to press one lever when it heard a low-frequency tone and another lever when it heard a high-frequency tone.’
    • ‘The already rippling surface was broken by a bottlenose dolphin, another thing that soothed her.’
    • ‘As we moved further into the sound, the resident bottlenose dolphin pod came into view.’
    • ‘Gannon began to study how bottlenose dolphin diets differ in different habitats and found that the marine mammals gorge on croakers inside estuaries.’
    • ‘The oldest Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin to be born and raised in captivity, 35-year-old Dolly was last seen mating with Domino in September last year.’
    • ‘The high point of one dive was a group of three of these bottlenose dolphin pirouetting around us, kissing us on our regulators and biting playfully on our fins for at least five minutes.’
    • ‘We went on the rides, and then we were in a room, and learned about bottlenose dolphin anatomy, physiology, natural history, dolphin husbandry, and animal training.’
    • ‘The research was carried out among the 130-strong bottlenose dolphin colony living in the Moray Firth on the east coast of Scotland by a team from Aberdeen University.’
    • ‘The group includes bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, pilot whales, Pacific striped dolphins, and many more.’
    • ‘In today's issue of the journal Nature, a team of researchers reports that newborn killer whales and bottlenose dolphins, as well as their mothers, go without any sleep for the first month after the calves are born.’
    • ‘Dusky dolphins, for example, are famous for spending large amounts of time with right whales and pilot whales, while bottlenose dolphins seem to enjoy the company of humpback whales.’
    • ‘Wildlife Connection is one of several outfitters that run boat trips out into the bay where tourists can watch humpbacks breach and bottlenose dolphins frolic in the waves.’
    • ‘Because of this, there has been a surge in interest in the more accessible Dolphin Coast, which is famous for its bottle-nosed dolphins.’
    • ‘Apparently there is only one wholphin in captivity, and that animal recently mated with a regular bottle-nosed dolphin to produce a 3/4 dolphin - 1/4 false killer whale mix.’
    • ‘What we saw when we hit the water was astonishing: about 30 bottle-nosed dolphins, some 500-pounders, some like sleek gray piglets, and all grinning and nodding enthusiastically in our face masks as if to say, ‘Yes!’’
    • ‘It's like SeaWorld out there, scores of porpoises slashing through the bait, the air teeming with bottle-nosed dolphins as if they're popping out of toasters.’


bottlenose dolphin

/ˌbätlˌnōz ˈdälfin/ /ˌbɑdlˌnoʊz ˈdɑlfən/