Orange County has sightings of inshore and offshore bottlenose dolphin. This dolphin species can be up to 12 feet long and weigh in around 1,000 pounds which makes them much larger than our typical sighting of common dolphin. Bottlenose live 40-50 years naturally and 5 years on average in captivity
Offshore type bottlenose are spotted around here occasionally and will typically be at least a mile from the coast in pods of about 10-50. These bottlenose are almost always extremely playful with whale watching boats, if you come across these dolphin, you'll most likely see them leaping into the air and jumping out of the boat wakes.
Inshore or coastal bottlenose are typically seen within a mile of the shore and in small pods of about 2-4, you might see them inside our harbors, from the pier, or from the beach. Only on rare occasions do they interact with boats and since they are usually cruising around near the shorebreak, whale watching vessels don't typically try to view them.