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Dolphin picture (44052 bytes)Several dolphin species occur in Florida costal waters. The most common of these is the bottle-nosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), which feed on common fish like mullet, sheepshead, pinfish, and flounder.  Bottle-nosed dolphins show a high degree of intelligence, have a wide range of vocalizations, and may cooperate in fishing or taking care of injured conspecifics.

Swimming with or feeding dolphins can be dangerous for both human and dolphin and should not be attempted. Male dolphins may be aggressive in defending territory and can cause injury to humans swimming into their proximity.  Additionally, dolphins may become attracted to boats, and become nuisances to fishermen.

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