Tiny sharks munch on dolphins

Dolphins and sharks are by no means friends. In fact, after humans, sharks are probably the #1 killer of dolphins in the wild. But not all sharks are deadly – and some species of shark , like the cookie cutter shark, would prefer that their dolphin victims stay alive after…

Dolphins have fingers

The ancestors of dolphins were four-legged land based animals who walked the earth many millions of years ago. Over the course of evolution, their bodies slowly adapted to life in the ocean, drastically altering their once familiar dog-like appearance. Dolphins evolved a brand new blowhole structure on the top of…

Dolphins have magnetic rocks in their heads

Have you ever heard of magnetite? Magnetite is a naturally occurring mineral that reacts to magnetic fields. Scientists believe that many animals may have small amounts of magnetite in their brains, allowing them to sense magnetic fields produced by the earth. Animals like bats and birds (especially pigeons) are thought…

How can you tell how old a dolphin is?

How can you tell how old a dolphin is? Believe it or not, the easiest way to tell a dolphin’s age is to look at its teeth. Bottlenose dolphins are born with around 25 teeth. Unlike humans, who lose their baby teeth, a dolphin will keep the full set of…

Do dolphins have hair?

As you may know, dolphins are mammals . One of the defining characteristics of all mammal species is that they have hair on their bodies. But, what about dolphins? With their smooth streamlined shapes, it doesn’t look like they have any hair at all – do dolphins have hair? In…

Dolphins love to surf

Surf’s up dude! Humans aren’t the only animal that likes to catch a wave every now and then. Even though they don’t use surf boards, dolphins love to go surfing! Just like human body surfers, dolphins have been known to ride the crests of big waves as they roll into…

Do humpback whales echolocate?

There are many things that differentiate odontocetes or ‘toothed whales’ from mysticetes or ‘baleen whales. ’ The most obvious difference of course being that odontocetes have teeth and mysticetes have baleen. Coming in at a close second, however, is the fact that odontocetes echolocate while mysticetes do not. But, hold…

Amazon river dolphins carry sticks

The Amazon river dolphin, otherwise known as the boto, is a freshwater river dolphin found in Southern America. The boto is often referred to as the ‘pink dolphin’, although not all individuals are pink. In fact, DCP learned this week at the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Biennial conference that it…

Do dolphins float or sink?

A whole list of factors will cause a dolphin to sink or swim in water, including how much air it has in its body, the amount of blubber it has, and perhaps most importantly, how deep it is in the water. Whether or not an animal floats or sinks in…

What is spyhopping?

What is spyhopping? In this week’s Dolphin Pod News, we heard a short audio clip wherein Hayden Panettiere mentions a cetacean behavior known as spy hopping . Describing her encounter with Japanese hunters and a group of pilot whales trapped in the cove, Hayden said: “There was one point when…

Top 5 dolphin myths - dispelled!

In this week’s science spotlight, we thought we would take a moment to dispel a few common dolphin myths. Given the popularity that dolphins enjoy, it is certainly understandable that at least some of the information available in the media, the internet and from the minds of our fellow human…

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