Bottlenose dolphins in French Polynesia

The common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, is distributed throughout Polynesian archipelagoes. However, the species is more regularly observed in Rangiroa atoll than in other Polynesian islands. In French Polynesia, adults can reach up to 3.3 meters and weigh up to 450 kilos. They are easily identified by their stocky and greyish body prolongated by a thick rostrum. The line of their mouth is curved upwards and gives them a 'smiling' appearance. Nevertheless, this morphological feature does not reflect the overall species’ behavioural repertoire as these dolphins have an extremely complex social life and may display affiliative behaviours such as petting as well as agonistic behaviours - i.e. intimidation, aggression. The numerous marks, notches and scars visible on the adult males’ bodies perfectly illustrate these animals’ strength.

Maui

Born ~ 1983

Temperament

Dominant

Male bottlenose dolphin

Zip

Born in 2012

Temperament

Whimsical

Female bottlenose dolphin

Tikei

Born in 2007

Temperament

Aggressive

Male bottlenose dolphin

Câline

Born in 2014

Temperament

Confident

Female bottlenose dolphin

Yuki

Born in 2017

Temperament

Playful

Male bottlenose dolphin
Plonger avec un dauphin
Nager avec un dauphin
Swimming with dolphins
Diving with dolphins
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