On October 7th, 2011, Kat Fourhman of the NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island responded to a stranding of a dead bottlenose dolphin on the shore of Roanoke Sound near Manteo, NC. Paul Doshkov of Cape Hatteras National Seashore assisted with the investigation. It was a 175cm (5’ 9”) male. At that size he would have been around 2 years old, still nursing, growing fast. Monofilament line from 2 different types of gill nets surrounded the rostrum and left pectoral fin.
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Adult Length Range: 1.9 – 3.8m Light gray to black, fading to white on the belly. They have a short snout extending forward from the melon.
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are the most common marine mammal in the coastal and estuarine waters near Cape Lookout and Beaufort, NC.
Bottlenose dolphin are opportunistic feeders and will hunt whatever is most abundant. They are highly adaptable and congregate in groups. Some males bond in groups of 2 or 3 and mother and calf bonds are usually strong.
Bottlenose Dolphin background and research in North Carolina
North Carolinians have related to dolphins in a variety of ways ranging from commercial dolphin net fisheries (late 1700s-1920s, used primarily for oil, leather, and fertilizer) to conservation of this depleted and federally protected population.
Today, threats to dolphins include unintentional entanglement in commercial and recreational fishing gear, ingestion of litter, contamination of food sources, boat strikes, and intentional (but illegal) feeding of dolphin by boaters.
Researchers at the NC Maritime Museum have been using photo-identification since 1985 to study the local bottlenose dolphins.
Jerry, a stranded bottlenose dolphin
June 14, 2003