Bottlenose Dolphin Facts
Bottlenose dolphin facts: Although there are 36 species of dolphins that live in the ocean, and another 5 river species, the most popular dolphin is the bottlenose. This popularity is likely due to its intelligence, friendliness, and behavior that often mimics human behavior.
While some scientists rank the chimp as second in intelligence to man, many scientists give that honor to the bottleneck dolphin. Dolphins have been used by U.S. Military since the Cold War to attack and kill terrorists. But researchers have noted other forms of dolphin intelligence, including the facts that bottlenecked dolphins hunt in pods, groups of about 12, and capture their prey by group co-operation, which involves some group members surrounding their prey, while others move in for the kill.
Other displays of intelligence have demonstrated to scientists that the bottleneck dolphin has the intelligence equal to a 3-year-old human child. The bottleneck can, for instance, recognize itself in a mirror, and use a mirror to inspect various parts of its body. And a dolphin that was rescued was taught to ride on its tail in captivity. When returned to the wild, other dolphins that lived in its pod learned how to do the same trick.
Bottlenose dolphin facts: Bottle-nosed dolphins are curious, playful, and exhibit friendliness. They have been known to approach boats and people and let themselves be touched. In the wild, male dolphins have known to make "friends" with populations along beaches, but get aggressive when they become teens.
In many ways, bottleneck dolphins treat their young the same way humans treat their young. A female bottlenose gives birth about once every 2-3 years, often with the aid of a midwife, and normally, the mother has only one calf. She nurses it about eight months, and it stays with her almost 6 years, during which time she teaches it hunting techniques.
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