Where do bottlenose dolphins live?
There are actually three different types of bottlenose dolphins and they have different ranges of habitat across the world.
Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins, as the name suggests, live primarily in the Pacific Ocean. They can be found commonly in the waters surrounding countries near India, Australia, China, and the Eastern coast of Africa. They are also found in quite large numbers in and around the Red Sea.
Common bottlenose dolphins live in all oceans of the world, except the Arctic and the Antarctic. They live in marine saltwater in both tropical and temperate seas and oceans. There are populations of common bottlenose dolphin which live closer to the shore and others which live much further out to sea. They are one of the species of dolphin with the widest range of different habitats worldwide.
The Burrunan dolphin is the third and final type of bottlenose dolphin. It is also the species of bottlenose whose population is most concentrated in terms of area. There are only thought to be about 150 Burrunan dolphins living in the wild and they all live off the coast of Australia. There are two main populations: one off the coast of Port Phillip and another near Gippsland Lakes. There have been rumors of sightings of additional groups of Burrunan dolphins off the East coast of Tasmania and in the waters around St Francis Island, but these populations are unconfirmed.
Bottlenose dolphins are incredibly intelligent; their brains are bigger than human brains giving them a huge capacity to learn new behaviors. This makes them prime targets for training and as a result there are a large number of bottlenose dolphins currently living in captivity all over the world. Bottlenose dolphins are usually captured around the south coasts of the United States and in the waters around the Bahamas and Mexico before being delivered to aquariums and resorts all over the world. It is estimated that in Japan alone there are over 600 bottlenose dolphins in captivity. Nowadays, it is more common for bottlenose dolphins to be born in captivity and therefore fewer and fewer animals are being taken from their natural environment.Dolphin Facts | Dolphin Information | Dolphin Species | Dolphins FAQ