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Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans.

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Facts about dolphins

  • Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans (although now recognised in various species).
  • Dolphins have been observed teaching young how to use tools. They cover their snouts with sponges to protect them while foraging.
  • Dolphins have several highly developed forms of communication. They have a “signature whistle” which allows other individuals to recognise them.
  • Dolphins are altruistic animals. They are known to stay and help injured individuals, even helping them to the surface to breath. Their compassion also extends across the species-barrier. There are many accounts of dolphins helping humans and even whales.

 

 

  • Dolphins are incredibly social animals. They live in groups and cooperate with each other to get food and in raising offspring (calves).
  • Dolphins are extremely playful and curious animals. They play-fight with each other and also play with seaweed. They have also been known to play with other animals such as dogs.

 

 

  • Dolphins sleep by resting one side of the brain at a time. This allows them to continue rising to the surface for air and to keep an eye open to watch out for predators.
  • Dolphins use echolocation to find food and navigate. This is a natural version of radar.
  • Dolphins can jump as high as 20 feet out of the water.
  • The “killer whale”, or Orca, is actually a dolphin.

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Quick Facts

  • Type: Mammal
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Lifespan: Around 12-20 years
  • Size: 1.2-9.1m long
  • Weight: 40 kg to over 6 tonnes
  • Habitat: Oceans or river
  • Range: Global, typically found in shallow seawater of the continental shelves
  • Scientific name: Dolphin species are in the families Delphinadae (oceanic species) and Platanistoidea (river species)
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