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Facts about Dolphins

Are you searching for facts about dolphins? You came to the right place. Dolphins have been a source of research, curiosity and mystery for years. That explains why people are so drawn to them. Enjoy the information about dolphins that we are sharing with you on this page.


What do dolphins eat?

It depends on different things: location, size, the food supply available and their specie. It can vary but the type of food contains: fish, cephalopods, anchovies, shrimps, squids, crabs, krill, cod, octopus, turtles, seals, small dolphins and infant whales.


How do dolphins sleep?

Dolphins are partly unconscious unlike us because they are sleep with one eye open. You see, being a conscious breather, the dolphin would suffocate and drown if he was unconscious. Also, sleeping with an eye open allows being aware of the presence of predators. During its sleep, his eyes and parts of the brain alternate during the whole time.


How many types of oceanic dolphins are there?

There are 32 types of oceanic dolphins and 5 species of river dolphins. You can find more facts about dolphins, their types, their measurements and more on the articles related to this topic.


Where are the habitats of the river dolphins?

The river dolphins usually have the name of the river in which is situated their habitat. The names of these rivers are: Ganges River, Indus River, Chinese River and the Amazon River. The other river dolphin actually lives in the Franciscana River which in reality is not a river but the shallow waters near the coast of South America which is situated between along the beaches of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. If you wish to find out more facts about dolphins living in fresh water, take a peek at our articles.


How do pink dolphins give birth?

Like all other dolphins, pink dolphins being mammals, do not lay eggs, they actually give birth to a live calf dolphin. Usually, the calf comes out head or tail first. The birth occurs while the mother is swim in a fast, active and circular motion near the bottom of the water. Following the birth, the mother looses some blood and the birth rejects as she is joining her calf who was born swimming, eager to join his mother. This is one of the amazing facts about dolphins.


What is the scientific name given to the dolphin family?

The scientific name is "delphinidae" family. The specific and scientific names given to each specie of the delphinidaes will be displayed on the page: "Types" that is situated on the navigation bar.


What are the habitats of the oceanic dolphins?

The habitat of each type of dolphins varies according to their specie. Some are living in all seas, some in all seas except the polar ones, some are living in the Northern or the Southern Hemispheres, and some are living in specific oceans like the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific. Other species are living in Tropical or Subtropical waters as others prefer the cold waters. Some types of dolphins will also live near the coasts of certain areas like: New Zealand, Argentina, Chili, Falkland, Kerguelen, South Africa, South America, Indonesia, West Africa and Antarctic. These are some of the numerous facts about dolphins that you can find on this site.


What is the dolphin lifespan?

The lifespan may vary from 12 years for a river dolphin up to over
40 years old.


If you wish to learn more facts about dolphins, feel free to read the numerous articles published on this site.

Here are the pictures of the five fresh water species of dolphins also known as river dolphins.

Ganges River Dolphin

This is a great picture of a Ganges River dolphin.

This is a beautiful picture of an Indus River dolphin.

Indus River Dolphin
Amazon River Dolphin

This is a nice picture of an Amazon River dolphin which is also known as a Pink dolphin because of the changing colour of its skin.

The Franciscana which is also known as a river dolphin is well represented in this picture.

Franciscana
Chinese River Dolphin

This is a wonderful picture of a Chinese River Dolphin.

Here is a diagram of the basic external anatomy of a dolphin. If you wish to learn some details about the body parts of the physiology of this marine mammal, I invite you to read the article that is related to it.

Basic dolphin anatomy


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