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Top 10 Dolphin Facts

Top 10 Dolphin Facts

Dolphins are among the most loved and water animals on the planet. Dolphins have captivated people for millennia due to their adorable smiles, astonishing acrobatic talents, and resemblance to humans. Despite their widespread popularity, there is still a lot to learn about such marine mammals.

1. Enjoying life with boats

Dolphins, according to studies, enjoy having a good time. When a boat passes by, they may follow it for sheer pleasure, including everything from speeding across the water to interacting with other creatures. For dolphins, the wake from boats serves as a speed boost. They can travel from one point to another with significantly less effort. Occasionally, pods can be seen performing feats near a boat, attempting to dazzle each other with their whole repertoire of jumps, twists, and tricks.

2. Whales are the same species as dolphins

That is correct. Dolphins are toothed whales with tiny mouths. The Orca, also called as a killer whale, is the oldest family of the dolphin family.

3. Intelligent

Dolphins are indeed the "brainiacs" of the water, second only to humans in intelligence. Their bodies, minds, sensory systems, and intelligence have evolved and changed over millions of years to allow them to live rich and varied lives underwater. These are all very different, but they are nonetheless more similar to us than you might think in many aspects.

4. Taking joyful jumps

We've all witnessed dolphins leaping out of the water in a spectacular sequence. It's a means for them to brag. The act of jumping out of the water is thought to be a dolphin's way of expressing their youth while also keeping an eye out for predators. Beyond just looking cool, jumping out of the water saves energy because swimming through the air requires less work than pushing through the water.

5. Friends and family are very important to them

Dolphins are highly gregarious animals that feed and play in groups. Huge pods of dolphins, known as "superpods," can have 1,000 or more animals.

6. Dolphins have been known to live to be 60 years old

The world's oldest known dolphin once resided in Sarasota Bay. The Sarasota Dolphin Research Group tracks nearly every dolphin in Sarasota Bay. Nicklo was the world's oldest recorded wild dolphin when she died in 2017, at 67.

7. The link between a mother and her child

A mother's attachment and calf are strong; a calf normally stays with its mother for 3-6 years. Pregnancies in dolphins last around a year, and most dolphins nurse their young for two to three years.

8. There are belly buttons on dolphins

Dolphins do have belly buttons. The umbilical cord linked to the mother's placenta within the womb connected a dolphin's belly button to the umbilical cord connected to the mother's placenta inside the womb. When a dolphin gave birth, the umbilical cord that connects her to her child rips, leaving the infant with a belly button.

9. Dolphins talk

Dolphins have various vocalizations, including clicks, whistles, and squeals, which they utilize to communicate. Each has a distinct vocal pitch. These variances in vocal tone are necessary for dolphins to communicate within the pod and decipher who is speaking. Dolphins can use their whistles to call out other people's names.

10. Sonar is embedded into their brains

Dolphins utilize echolocation to navigate. Echolocation is similar to sonar on submarines in that it allows you to see with sound. The melon is the area at the front of the dolphin's blowhole. During echolocation, the melon acts as a lens via which sound is directed. Sound waves are directed at various frequencies through the melon and into the water, where they bounce off of things of interest. The sound waves eventually return to the dolphin, where they are received by the lower jaw, inner ear, and nerves directly attached to the brain, in which they are translated into an image.


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