Six Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Dolphins

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82233″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Known to be friendly, social, playful and intelligent, dolphins are also occasionally helpful to humans, whether fishing or rescuing. Here are 6 facts about dolphins that you might not know.
Pay extra attention before you go to observe them in French Polynesia, Red Sea and Truk Lagoon![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”1. Each dolphin has his own name! ” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82226″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To be more exact, each dolphin has his own whistle that is unique to each individual. Dolphins use them to communicate with one another and to identify each other. During a dolphin’s first year, these signature dolphin whistles are developed and remain the same throughout their lifetime. Female dolphins may even teach their calves their whistles before they are born.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”2. Social learn behaviours” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82235″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dolphins are also well known for their strong capacity to observe and imitate skills through social learning. Thus, they learn how to use tools. For example, while foraging; many dolphins have been observed covering their snouts with sponges to protect themselves. This is learnt behaviour.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”3. No R.E.M for them” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82227″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dolphins need to swim up to the surface to breath. So, in order to sleep without drowning, dolphins don’t really sleep for several hours at a time, instead they rest one hemisphere of their brain for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day! By doing so, dolphins can continue swimming, breathing, and watching for predators all day and night long.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”4. Friendly but picky! ” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82229″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dolphins are very social and like to spend time with other dolphins. However, they segregate themselves info friend groups. Just like us, dolphins prefer the company of certain buddies more than others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”5. A complex digestive system” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82224″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dolphins have around 250 teeth. They only use them to catch prey and not to chew their food as they directly swallow it whole. The digestion occurs in one of their stomachs… Indeed, in one of them as they have multiple stomach chambers. While one is devoted to digestion, the other one stores the food before it gets digested.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”6. They tipically give birth to just one calf ” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82228″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most female dolphins carry their babies for 9 to 17 months, depending on the species. Interestingly, calves are born tail first, instead of head first, so they don’t drown during the birth. Calves typically stay with their mother for around seven more years after the nurse.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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