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Dolphin Facts

Dolphins sleep with one-half of their brain plus one eye closed, then switching to the other side of the brain and the other eye closed during other parts of the day — slowing down everything inside their bodies and moving very little.


There are about 40 species of dolphin. Some can hold their breath for as much as 30 minutes, while others must breathe every 20 seconds. The curved mouth of the bottlenose dolphin gives it the appearance of a continual smile.


Like a bat, dolphins use echolocation to navigate and hunt, bouncing high-pitched sounds off of objects, and listening for the echoes. Fish and squid are the diet of the common dolphin, where the dolphins have been seen hunting and working together to herd the fish into tight balls. Dolphins, such as the bottlenose dolphin, use their teeth only to grasp prey, since they swallow their food whole.

There are about 40 species of dolphin. Some can hold their breath for as much as 30 minutes, while others must breathe every 20 seconds. The curved mouth of the bottlenose dolphin gives it the appearance of a continual smile.


With their sleek, aerodynamically shaped bodies, some dolphins can swim up to 25 mph (40.2 kph) for long distances, which is triple the speed of the fastest human swimmers.


Since 1847, intelligent bottlenose dolphins in the wild have hunted fish with the fishermen of the town of Laguna in southern Brazil. The dolphins have learned that they can feed on the fish that escape from the nets of the fishermen, who work in the shallow waters towards the beach. Driving the fish toward the beach, one of the dolphins rolls over, signaling the fishermen to throw their nets. Man working with nature in harmony!

With their sleek, aerodynamically shaped bodies, some dolphins can swim up to 25 mph (40.2 kph) for long distances, which is triple the speed of the fastest human swimmers. Breathing through a blowhole on the dorsal surface of the head, a dolphin contracts and relaxes a muscle flap covering the hole to open and close it. As mammals, bottlenose dolphin mothers nurse their calves with milk for 12 to 18 months.


Killer whales (orcas) are the largest member of the dolphin family — growing up to 30 feet long.


Dolphins are marine mammals that are part of the scientific order Cetacea (including all whales), of the suborder Odontoceti (toothed whales), of the family Delphinidae, which includes the well known bottlenose dolphin and the orca (killer whale). Jumping as much as 20 feet out of the water is not unusual for dolphins. Found throughout the temperate and tropical waters of the world, the bottlenose dolphin is not technically listed as an endangered species.

Young dolphins are known to playfully create underwater bubble rings (that do not rise to the surface) by injecting air into water vortices. These underwater toys are then pushed about by their rostrum (snout), bitten, and elongated by the baby dolphins. Killer whales (orcas) are the largest member of the dolphin family — growing up to 30 feet long.

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