Bottlenose Dolphin Skull Replica

$393.00

The Bottlenosed dolphin is considerably intelligent and the best known Cetacean. This species uses an advanced sonar system for locating, and sometimes confusing, prey fish.

Description

Bottlenose Dolphin Skull Replica measures 19.2 inches. Bottlenose Dolphin Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum dolphin skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus, or Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, is the most well-known species from the family Delphinidae.

Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus is grey in color and may be between 6.6 and 13.1 ft. long, and weighs between 330 and 1,430 lb. Dolphins have a short and well-defined snout that looks like an old-fashioned gin bottle.

Their diets consist mainly of eels, squid, shrimp and a wide variety of fishes. They do not chew their food, instead swallowing it whole.

They emit clicking sounds and listen for the return echoes to determine the location and shape of nearby items, including potential prey.

Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus weighs an average of 660 pounds. It can reach a length of just over 13 feet. Its color is usually dark gray on the back and lighter gray on the flanks.

The Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus has elongated upper and lower jaws form what is called a rostrum, or snout, which gives the animal its common name.

The real, functional nose is the blowhole on top of its head; the nasal septum is visible when the blowhole is open. Bottlenose dolphins have 18 to 28 conical teeth on each side of each jaw.

The flukes (lobes of the tail) and dorsal fin are formed of dense connective tissue and do not contain bone or muscle. The dorsal fin usually shows phenotypic variations that help discriminate among populations.

The animal propels itself by moving the flukes up and down. The pectoral flippers (at the sides of the body) are for steering.

Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus can live for more than 40 years. Females typically live 5 to 10 years longer than males, with some females exceeding 60 years.

This extreme age is rare and less than 2 percent of all Bottlenose dolphins will live longer than 60 years. Bottlenose dolphin or Tursiops truncatus can jump at a height of 20 feet up in the air.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 19.2 in
Bottlenose Dolphin Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Delphinidae
Genus: Tursiops
Species: Tursiops truncatus