How long do dolphins live?

May 02, 2012 10 comments By


The three oldest dolphins (2012)

These are the oldest resident females in Sarasota Bay. They are now 62, 59, and 56 years of age.

Female dolphins in Sarasota Bay tend to live longer than males, and they may give birth when they are as old as 48 years of age.

The oldest female dolphin in the Sarasota community is a female nicknamed Nicklo, who was 62 years old in 2012.

Males may live into their 40s. Our most long-lived male, nicknamed Jimmy Durante, was 50 years old when last seen in 2009.


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Blair Irvine, PhD, is retired and manages the SDRP website, serves as President of the non-profit Dolphin Biology Research Institute, and he volunteers as otherwise needed. He started the SDRP in 1970 with then-high school student Randy Wells. Blair led the research into the late-1970’s when Randy took over. After that, Blair's non-dolphin career was in the area of human behavioral health. With NIH support, much of his research was involved Internet interventions and training programs. His graduate degrees are in Zoology, Exercise Physiology, and Health Education.

10 Responses to “How long do dolphins live?”

  1. Blair Irvine says:

    We only know what we can see. As with humans, the oldest dolphin is an indicator of maximum observed age .

  2. sara says:

    What I want to know is how long can they live I don’t want info about who the oldest living dolphin is.

  3. asia says:

    ii love dolphins and im researching them i wana know how long do they live/what is there life span

  4. Blair Irvine says:

    There are 41 species of dolphins. An excellent resource is the Society for Marine Mammalogy fact sheets.

  5. asia says:

    also does anyone know how many kind if dolphins there are

  6. alice cecil says:

    I love that female dolphins live longer then male but i need too know how many years dolphins live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Blair Irvine says:

    We don’t know of any wild dolphins that have been documented to be older than 62 years of age.

  8. Chanitte Caseus says:

    They live up 20 to 75

  9. jessica says:

    O.M.G I never knew dolphins could live for so long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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