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There are a lot of interesting things about Bottlenose Dolphins. They are the most studied cetacean in the wild because they live near coasts, and in captivity. Some of these interesting things include how they ride the bow waves of moving vessels, how they can interact with humans, and have adapted feeding strategies to human activities, eating netted fish, and fish discarded by fishermen. "Bottlenose Dolphins." National Marine Mammal Laboratory. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2013. <http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/nmml/education/cetaceans/bottlenose.php >. There is a world of information to come soon, which I will be writing about.
Since these dolphins are so common, it is easy to find information on them compared to the La Plata. Bottlenose can be found all over the world (except Polar Regions of course), but are still considered an endangered species. (NOAA Fisheries. N.p., 8 Aug. 2013. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. <http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/bottlenosedolphin.htm>.)
These dolphins like to play and dance on bow waves when ships go by. This is one of their favorite things to do, although its not good for them to get too close since they can be injured by the boat, or the fan beneath it. It is fun to watch them do this, and you can see a picture of them here. (Mangiafico, Joe. NOAA Ocean Explorer. N.p., 29 Sept. 2012. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. <http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/12midatlantic/logs/sept29/media/dolphins.html>.)
Keep in mind that humans should not feed any wild dolphins that are found. It is claimed that this interfears with their diet, and causes them to not fear humans. (Don't Feed Wild Dolphins. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. <http://www.dontfeedwilddolphins.org/>.)
Bottlenose can swim at very fast speeds, such as going 26 kilometers per hour. There have been reports of dolphins that can even go from 30 to 80 kilometers per hour too. This is why sharks are an easy prey for them, because they can swim at extremely fast speeds, and ram them. (Baker, Mary L., Mark Carwardine, Richard Ellis, and Margaret Klinowska. "The Bottlenose Dolphin." Dolphins: The Oracles of the Sea. Ed. Vincent O. Bradford. N.p., 29 Aug. 1998. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. <http://library.thinkquest.org/17963/genus-Tursiops.html>.)
Bottlenose are also protected by the MMPA. This is a good thing, because it will prevent them from going extinct. We need acts like this for all kinds of animals, and sadly, this is more of a cost thing. At least the dolphins will be protected. (NOAA Fisheries Service. N.p., 18 Mar. 2013. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. <http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/mm/dolphins/bdconservation.htm>.)