Bottlenosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

bottlenosed dolphin

The bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is common in South Carolina estuaries and
open waters.

The bottlenosed dolphin, named for its blunt snout, is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) and open waters. This distinctly social mammal is often observed in groups of four or five. The bottlenosed dolphin feeds on shrimp, crabs, squid, and fish, using a variety of techniques–from capturing single prey individually to capturing multiple prey through coordinated efforts with other dolphins.