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Dolphin Facts
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Dolphin Mythology

Here are some more facts and stuff on dolphins that I found and though you might want to know darlin, tried to find all I could for ya, Love you.


Because dolphins are highly social and vocalize among themselves with a wide range of sounds, it has been conjectured that they might possess and almost human like intelligence. In the 1950s and '60s the American neurologist John Lilly conducted well publicized experiments based on this concept, in which he attempted to communicate with dolphins in their own "language," but other scientists have rejected his work as poorly documented and lacking scientific validity.

Because of the ability of dolphins to learn and perform complex tasks in captivity, their continuous communications with one another, and their ability, through training, to approximate the sounds of a few human words, some investigators have suggested that the animals might be capable of learning a true language and communicating with humans.

Most researchers agree that dolphins exhibit a level of intelligence greater then that of dogs and even comparable to that of some primates--but not human beings. Research into dolphin intelligence continues at centers such as Hawaii's Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory (The Dolphin Institute).



Dolphins can be found in virtually all the seas and oceans of the world. Some species are sharply restricted, but many, like the common dolphin , Delphinus delphis, or the bottle nose dolphin, are found worldwide. Several species are found in fresh water, notably the Ganges River dolphin, Platanista gangetica; the rivers of South America are the home of the long-snouted dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, and the small, graceful Sotalia fluviatilis, occasionally seen as far as 1,553 miles up the Amazon River.

Dolphins are quite abundant in some areas of the world. Off the coast of Japan, for example, populations of the white-sided dolphin, are estimated at 30,000 to 50,000 individuals. In many species, schools of up to 1,000 travel together, while some species, such as the bottle-nose dolphin, tend to be found in smaller groups of less than 100. There are 32 species of oceanic dolphins (Delphinidae family) and six porpoise species (Phocoenidae family). There are five river dolphin species found in five different rivers.

Dolphins and Humans

Dolphins adapt well to human companionship and are readily trained. Bottle-nose dolphins have become well known performers in may aquariums; they are capable of spectacular tricks and may mimic the sounds of a few human words. Dolphin species vary in their degree of curiosity and interaction with humans. Individual dolphins vary to the same degree. Some species are very shy, others will approach humans with great curiosity. If dolphins have spent time in captivity, they can become very used to people touching them, riding along side of them, etc., but they also can become mildly aggressive; nipping, pushing, etc.
We all heard of the famous stories about dolphin rescues where a human is pushed to the safety of the shore by dolphins. Bottle-nose dolphins seem to enjoy pushing items. (Of course we wouldn't hear about the people being pushed out to sea!)

Traveling as much as they do, dolphins must rest some time. They don't sleep, though. They merely take cat naps at the ocean's surface for two or three minutes at a time. At night, those naps increase to seven or eight minutes

Dolphins typically cruise at 5 to 7 miles per hour, but they have been clocked at 18 to 22 miles per hour with top speeds of 30 miles per hour

Dolphins travel in pods of up to 15. A pod typically consists of several adult females, calves and adult males. Pods may travel together in herds of several hundred individuals. Dominance or aggression, in the form of a showing of teeth, tail smacking, jaw snapping or head butting, establishes the hierarchy in the pod.

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