How Well Do You Know Dolphins? Did you know that dolphins can live in oceans, coasts and even estuaries? Dolphins are beautiful mammals that eat fish, squid and crustaceans. These smart mammals will use various tools to get to their food, not just their bottle-like noses. Dolphins can live well over 30 years, most reaching up to 50 years or more. The oldest dolphin was 67 years old, named Nicklo.
Did you know that dolphins travel in pods? These pods can be from 2 to 30 or more dolphins. When there are over 100 or even thousand dolphins in a pod, it’s called a superpod. By traveling in large pods, the dolphins can protect one another from predators. Mothers, or cows, stay in pods to make sure the calf survives and is protected for the two or more years that they are together. With clicks and whistles they communicate with each other and try to tell us stuff too. While they can’t talk with us, they have still been known to rescue humans and form interesting friendships with dogs.
There are 36 different types of dolphins known to us today. This number can change since we have only explored a small portion of the vast oceans. One thing we know is that dolphins are fast and can go at speeds of 30mph. So, don’t expect to out-swim a dolphin anytime soon. Did you know that dolphins also sleep half awake? I don’t know about you but I need to be fully asleep in order to feel refreshed. You’ll usually see dolphins near the surface, swimming slowly with other dolphins, as they sleep.
While climate change and pollution have a deep effect on dolphins, the biggest threat to their survival is actually bycatch. It is estimated that over 300,000 cetaceans are killed each year due to bycatch. This is a horrible way to lose dolphins and other cetaceans.
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