Pod of playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
April 7, 2022

Previous | Next | Archive |

Website of the Day

Francis Canto Jr
Assistant Manager at Canto's Demolition Service, Head Photographer at BelPix Photography and IT Technician at Maya Island Air Belize
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
Pod of playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

While observing a Brown Booby I finally got to photograph a pod of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. These guys were busy playing and foraging in the shallows off of Fort George, it even appeared that some calves were in the pod.

Dolphins, are regarded to be among the brightest creatures on the earth, rivaling the big apes, that is chimps and gorillas, for first place.

The most common dolphin to encounter in Belize are the bottlenose dolphins. Their distinctive features are their short thick beak and curved mouth that gives the appearance that they are always smiling. They are usually grey in color and measure anywhere from 2 to 4 meters in length. Bottlenose dolphins are very are social creatures and travel in groups called “pods”. To communicate they often whistle to each other, with each dolphin having their own signature whistle.

Bottlenose dolphins have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years and female bottlenose dolphins give birth to a calf after a 12-month gestation period every 3 to 6 years. They consume 13-15 pounds of food every day and eat anything from fish to squid and shrimp.

Dolphins are social mammals that interact with one another, swim together, protect each other, and hunt for food as a team. They are intelligent animals and have characteristics displayed by humans including the ability to teach, learn, cooperate, scheme, and grieve. There are several common species in Belize:

Atlantic bottlenose dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Rough tooth dolphin
Spinner dolphin

In Belize Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are found through the inshore coastal lagoon and open ocean. Passengers on boats and scuba divers always marvel when dolphins are encountered at sea.

Photographs by Francis Canto Jr

Click here to comment on this picture.

Click here for a list of previous pictures of the day
Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!

Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day

button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize