Bradenton Area bottlenose background
Our dolphins, the common North American bottlenose, exhibit some characteristics that are decidedly uncommon for the species. For one thing, like Nicklow, they tend to live a long time – usually between 45 to 55 years old, about 10 years longer than the average.
The reason why has something to do with the second unusual behavior: they tend to stay close to home. "Which is fairly unique," says Captain Sherman. "A lot of dolphin populations... migrate big distances. Our dolphins stay local, and a lot of the reason is the abundance of food in our bay and the health of our bays and estuaries."