28 January 2018 - THE AMAZING DOLPHIN


THE AMAZING 
DOLPHIN

G'day folks,

Welcome to some facts about one of my all time favourite creatures. Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans.




Facts About the Dolphin

  • 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.
  • The “killer whale”, or Orca, is actually a dolphin. It is known as a “killer whale” because it is a whale killer, not because it is a whale that kills.
  • Dolphins can jump as high as 20 feet out of the water!

 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)







Clancy's comment: Yep, such an amazing creature. I've watched them jump in and out of the water in front of massive ships.

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