bottlenose dolphin

Scientific name

Tursiops aduncus

Locally known as


IUCN status

Data deficient


They live in the warm temperate and tropical waters.  Indo-pacific Bottlenose Dolphin grows to 2.6 m (8.5ft) long, and weighs up to 225 kg (500lb). It lives in the waters of the north and western Indian Ocean including the coast of Africa, Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

Key threats

Entanglement in abandoned fishing nets and vessel strikes, habitat loss from dredging, land reclamation, port and harbour construction, noise pollution and other developmental activities.

Where they're found today

Since 2014, the Indo-pacific Bottlenose dolphin is being monitored in Abu Dhabi waters. The species occurs in shallow coastal waters as well as islands and coast. They have a wider distribution range than the Indian Ocean Humpback dolphin. They occur in small as well as large herd of group sizes of 2 to 40 individuals.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts

EAD runs long-term research and monitoring programmes of cetaceans, which helps us identify the areas that need monitoring and protection.
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