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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

Bottlenose Dolphin - Visitors to local beaches frequently spot bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In fact, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins may be seen anywhere along the North Carolina coast--just off the beach beyond the breakers, in the marshes or on a short boat ride. Of the approximately 36 different kinds of whales found in the North Atlantic Ocean, only bottlenose dolphins live in near shore waters.
 Like humans, dolphins are highly social animals and live in groups or pairs. Some dolphins live near Kure Beach and Wilmington year-round. In fall, the local population increases as groups form to follow migratory fishes, like spot and croaker. Fish and marine mammals – like dolphins – migrate in response to changing water temperatures. Learn more about bottlenose dolphin at the NEW Dolphin Discovery exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.