Dolphins - Amazing Creatures Of The Ocean
Most people are under the impression that dolphins are fish
because they live in the water. The truth is that dolphins
are actually warm-blooded mammals. Like humans they breathe
air and produce babies rather than lay eggs. This makes
them unique among creatures, but there are other factors
that make them so fascinating to us.
If you're ever had the opportunity to be near a dolphin
you'll understand why they are as unique as they are.
Dolphins, just like whales, are considered to be cetaceans
and are part of the grouping of whales that are called
odontocetes, which means that they have teeth. The teeth
found on a dolphin are shaped like cones. Other whales fall
into the group called mysticetes, in which case they don't
have teeth to use for feeding.
Dolphins live in tropical and warm waters. Many people are
unaware of the fact that rivers and freshwaters are also
home to few species of dolphins. These dolphins are however
endangered and exist in very few numbers.
In total there are approximately 57 different species of
dolphins swimming in the waters of world today. The dolphin
is a sleek looking creature that has a long beak- like nose.
This characteristic nose is called a "rostrum". Many people
make the mistake of confusing the dolphin and the porpoise
as the same type of animal. This is far from true. One of
major differences between the dolphin and the porpoise is
the shape of their teeth. The teeth of the dolphin are
shaped liked cones while the teeth of the porpoise are
shaped much like spades, making them perfect for digging
among rocks. Another big difference is that porpoises live
in water that is colder than that which dolphins can
The Orca or the killer whale is one of the most common
species of dolphins. When people think of the most
dominating and ferocious creature in the sea, the Orca or
the Killer whale comes to everyone's mind. They are also the
most fearless amongst all sea animals.
Dolphins have a long gestation period when it comes to the
birth cycle of their young. The female dolphin will be
pregnant for twelve months after which time she will give
birth to one baby dolphin, called a "calf". Most baby calves
will weight about 30 to 40 pounds and will be approximately
30 inches long. The mother dolphin will nurse her calf for
the first two years of its life.
Even after they're weaned, the dolphin calf will swim and
play with its mother for between five and seven years.
During this time the young dolphin will learn how to find
food and to interact socially with its relatives.
Dolphins live in groups known as "pods" and travel
together. The females interact with the young, while the
males keep more to themselves and don't participate in
The Dolphins are considered very friendly and are amongst
the most wonderful animals on earth due to their
intelligence and easy mingling with the humans. They try to
convey through chirping their tongue whenever they interact
with humans. This fact keeps the humans curious about this
wonderful animal forever.
About the author: Joshua Plansden is the proprietor of A
Dolphins Fan, a fantastic website to visit when you are searching
for the latest knowledge, accurate up to date advice and commentary about
dolphins. For more articles on dolphins why not visit: http://www.adolphinsfan.com/articles