There are more species of dolphins than in any other cetacean group (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). This incredibly diverse group of animals, from coastal to oceanic to river species, span the globe in their distribution. With their streamlined, hydrodynamic bodies, and their ability to "see" their environment using echolocation these animals are perfectly suited for their aquatic world.
Unfortunately, dolphins are increasingly under pressure from threats such as habitat degradation, pollution, incidental capture in fisheries, climate change, commercial harvest, and depletion of prey species. For more about the threats that dolphins face click here.
Did You Know?
- Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and locate prey. Sounds are produced and emitted from an area of the head and are reflected off an object. The sound echo is then received by the dolphin giving it a 'picture' of it's prey or surroundings.
- Dolphins are highly intelligent, social animals living in groups called pods. The strongest bonds are between females and their offspring.
- There are 33-35 recognized species of dolphins and they are highly variable in size and coloration - with various markings, blazes, capes, spots, and color patterns in shades of grey, white, pink, and black.
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