How Long Do Bottlenose Dolphins Live?

How Long Do Bottlenose Dolphins Live?

How Long Do Bottlenose Dolphins Live?

Male bottlenose dolphins live an average of between 40 and 45 years, while females can live over 50 years. Females reproduce every 3 to 6 years after they reach sexual maturity between the ages of 5 and 10.

Male bottlenose dolphins do not reach sexual maturity until they are between 8 and 13 years old, and they do not actually start reproducing until they are around 20 years old. Females lactate for around 18 months after birth, which imposes a significant metabolic burden on them, and they are the primary caregivers of their young. All the females in a group of bottlenose dolphins work together to raise their offspring.