Dolphins are warm blooded creatures known for their friendliness. There are more than 35 species of dolphins, the most well-known is the bottlenose dolphin.
Dolphins are one of the most intelligent species in the planet. They have exceptionally large brains relative to their height and have an extraordinary level of emotional and social intelligence. They communicate in language and can solve complex problems.
Did you realize that dolphin’s ability to understand human communication signals makes them the only animals that understand what humans mean when they point to something?
Most of the times, dolphins are not dangerous. Some are friendly and curious, while others are shy and stay away from human contact. Nonetheless, remember that dolphins are wild creature and can be unpredictable.
Here are some unusual facts about
# 1. Dolphins' perspective is very similar to our way of thinking, except that they think differently from us
# 2. Many believe that dolphins are the most intelligent animals, and they rank second on this list
# 3. They stay with their moms for a long time - around 3 - 8 years
# 4. Dolphins have 2 stomachs - one is used for storing food and the other for digestion
# 5. Being marine creatures, they can dive underwater up to 1,000 feet
# 6. The normal lifespan of a dolphin is about 17 years, some can live up to 50 years
# 7. The smallest of its kind is 3-4 feet tall, while the tallest is 30 feet
# 8. Dolphins help sick or injured members
# 9. Dolphins use echolocation to find and explore food. This is a natural version of the radar
# 10. Dolphins never bite their food, they gulp down it. She uses her teeth to catch prey
# 11. They sleep with half their brain
# 12. Killer whales are the largest type of dolphin
# 13. Dolphins can move if they do not have enough food
# 14. They have delicate skin but heal quickly
# 15. They can swim at a pace of 3 to 7 mph. A few groups move and travel at a speed of 20 mph
# 16. There are a day and a half of sea dolphins - almost all live-in aquatic environments, including ocean, beach front, estuarine and freshwater
# 17. They can live in temperatures ranging from 0 °C to 30 °C
# 18. The Amazon River is home of dolphins that are found no other place on Earth
# 19. Noise pollution under water is a real threat to dolphins
# 21. The orca (killer whale) is the biggest dolphin. Hector's dolphin and Franciscana are the two youngest
# 22. Dolphins live in groups, called pods, which usually contain dozens or hundreds of dolphins