Dolphins appear to be quite intelligent and there is much about them we still do not understand. What follows are some interesting facts about dolphins:
- Dolphins usually, but not always, travel in pods or groups. Sometimes, for unknown reasons, a dolphin will live a solitary life.
- Dolphins will sometimes work together in order to hunt fish. They will herd fish into groups and then take turns feasting on the corralled prey.
- Dolphins and porpoises are not the same, although they can be hard to tell apart. Dolphins generally have a snout, a sickle-shaped dorsal fin, and conical teeth. Porpoises have a triangular dorsal fin, a rounded head, and flattened spade-like teeth.
- Although dolphins have teeth, they do not chew their food. They use their teeth to grab and then swallow the prey whole.
- Dolphins have been known to jump over 20 feet high.
- Dolphins “sleep” by resting one side of the brain at a time.
- Dolphins have been known to assist other ill or injured dolphins in need, and will sometimes raise a sick dolphin to the surface to breathe.
I hope you enjoyed these dolphin facts. Scientists are learning more and more about dolphins every day. I’ll add some additional facts about dolphins and review some of this exciting new research soon. For now, here are some interesting facts about bottlenose dolphins.