Unusual Dolphin Facts
Dolphin facts: Have you ever wondered which species is most similar to us, the human beings? Yes, it is Dolphins. Of course here we are qualifying the above statement saying not on the physical front but on the emotional and intelligence fronts. You would have seen these animals on REEL life movies like Day of dolphins, Orca or Flipper. Now let us try to understand them in real life know some dolphin facts as the Knowledge about a Particular animal and its ecosystem is the first step in its conservation.
Let us Dive deeper into dolphin facts.
To start, they are marine mammals, not fish. Although they can stay up to 15minutes underwater but have to come to the water surface to breathe every 40-50seconds
Phylum: Cordata vertebrates
There are around 32 species of ocean dolphins and 5 river Dolphins species .Among which Species Orca (killer whale) is the largest (Measuring Up to 6.1mtrs weighing nearly 10tonnes) and Vaquita being the smallest (Measuring upto1.2mtrs weighing nearly 40 kgs).
Facts on Dolphins Anatomy
Dolphins Body Structure
Dolphins are warm blooded animals, having a curved mouth which gives them a grinning look and toothed beak like structure called Rostrum .Their body is uniformly fusiformed, streamlined. The tails fluke help them to propel ahead with great force, this structure make them adept swimmers and divers.
Dolphins skin is very smooth and rubbery Because of fatty layer beneath their skin called as BLUBBER which helps to keep them Warm.
Bottlenose Dolphins have Brain weight to spinal cord ratio of 40:1 and their brains are bigger, having more Cerebral cortex folding than humans, making them nearly intelligent to humans.
Facts on Dolphins Senses
We have discovered and put the echo principle only in the recent decades but the dolphins have been gifted with this sense on birth,this extra sense technique called as Echolocation helps them know how big the substance is, the speed, and the direction of the item.
Facts about Behavior of Dolphins
Dolphin as Social Animals
Dolphins are very gregarious animals and found to be most affable of all sea creatures. They communicate with each other in their own unique Whistling Sound .Dolphins normally live together in group of 2 to 30 called as POD, sometimes in Hundreds called as HERD mainly lead by a female. They Hunt, mate, defend themselves in group.
Bonding in Dolphins
Dolphins have very high bonding among themselves. Mother nurtures the calf till 12-18months and cares for it till the age of 5-8 years. They also mourn to the death of their beloved ones, show their dominance by Biting, chasing or smashing their tails.
Interesting Dolphin Facts
Dolphins in fact are Good Teachers
We have always been exalted by animals in different ways, be it to swim like a fish or fly like a bird. we can learn from dolphins, to be friendly and bonded to all as they do by showing their friendliness even to the humans, working in teams to achieve the goals, breaking high barriers to reach high, by seeing how they breach and to be quick learner, alert and Agilent to the varying situations.
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