Here are a few factoids collected about Dolphins

  • Currently there are 40 different species of dolphin broke into 17 genres
  • Dolphins vary in size from as small as 4ft (Maui Dolphin) to as large as 30ft (Orca/Killer Whales)
  • Next to Humans Dolphins are the one of the most intelligent animal on the planet; Displaying a wide arrange of emotions, and self awareness not found in most species other than humans and primates.
  • Primary diet includes fish and squid, but Orcas are known to eat Sharks and other small aquatic animals.
  • Dolphins congregate in pods of not usually smaller than 12 but some pods can reach up to thousands.
  • Dolphins communicate which each other through a series of clicks,whistles, and other various sounds.
  • Dolphins are able to create such as strong emotional and social bond with each other so strong that they will remain with each other even if sick or dying and carry the injured to the surface for air for as long as it take.
  • Dolphins have been documented saving countless humans from perils of the oceans, such as being lost or a shark attack.
  • Dolphins will teach their young how to survive using tools, a unique practice which was thought to only be an attribute to the human species. the parent will place sea sponges on the babies noses for protection while teaching them how to forage, meaning to rummage or search for food.
  • Dolphins have been known to exhibit aggression towards one another, usually amongst the male population, and typically over a female of just as simple as a dispute with a companion.
  • During acts of aggression they can become so intense that the loosing Dolphin can be exiled from the pod.
  • Dolphins have sex for reasons other than reproduction, which is another rare occurrence among animals other than humans and primates.
  • There has been reports of Dolphin-Human co-operative fishing. In Brazil, the local dolphins are known to drive schools of fish towards fishermen nets and signal to the fishermen where to drop there nets, and then are rewarded by the men with the escaped fish.
  • Dolphins living in the wild never enter a full restful sleep mode. They are able to shut half of there brain off/sleep mode one side at a time at all times, and sleep with quick burst lasting 4-60 seconds at a time throughout the day.
  • Dolphins in captivity do enter a complete state of rest, floating on the surface, eyes closed, and quick flicks of their tail to keep them afloat.
  • Dolphins have very few enemies, the biggest enemy is human beings, and the occasional shark and sometimes even Orcas when food supply is low.
  • The biggest threat humans pose to the Dolphin community are the Dolphin Drives in such places as the Faroe islands and Taiji Cove, Japan. Dolphin pods are drove into small enclosures of water with loud noises confusing there eco-location, where they are then selected for aquariums or death.  
  • Most times the murder dolphins are sold off for consumption, but there are some instances where there timely deaths are pure sport.
  • Dolphin meat in some regions, such as Japan, are high in mercury content (sometimes as high as 3,000 times the limit set by Japanese law), and is still consumed sometimes marked as whale meat to conceal it’s origin. Occasionally ending up in school lunches.
  • Dolphins have been helping humans for as far back as can be reported. They have even been “employed”  by militaries to search out mines or lost men at sea. They have been used in animal-human therapy for mental and physical disabilities.

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