Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Bottle-nosed DolphinBottle-nosed Dolphin

Latin name: Tursiops truncatus

The Bottle-nosed Dolphin is so called because of its distinctive short beak; the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper. It has fairly plain colouration, entirely grey but darker above and paler below. The dorsal fin is large, triangular and curved backwards.

Sightings of Bottle-nosed Dolphins are occasional around Alderney.

The worldwide population of Bottle-nosed Dolphins is listed as a least concern species on the IUCN red list of endangered species.

If you spot a marine mammal, please let us know. Either download the attached form, complete and send to the AWT office, or just email your sighting details to


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