IUCN Status: Least Concern
NZ Classification: Nationally Endangered
The bottlenose dolphin earns its name from the shape of its short beak and lower jaw which looks like a permanent grin. These dolphins are gracefully athletic – swimming at speeds of up to 50km/h and leaping up to an extraordinary 5 metres in the air.
Bottlenose dolphins are also a chattering bunch. If you listen carefully, you can hear their squeaks, clicks and whistles from the boat.
Book your seat for your chance to see bottlenose dolphins on our next Auckland whale and dolphin tour.