Fun Facts About Dolphins

A couple of bottlenose dolphins have fun in the water as they almost jump on top of each other.

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As I look at this picture of two dolphins having fun jumping out of the water, I thought I would compile a list of fun facts about dolphins.

From the majority of reference I could find, many think that dolphins can jump as high as 15 feet out of the water.

A dolphin's brain mass (1500-1700 grams) is actually slightly larger than a human's brain mass (1300-1400 grams) and four times as large as a chimpanzee (400 grams).




Free Picture: Photo of two bottlenose dolphins having fun as they jump out of the water almost on top of each other.

Photo of two bottlenose dolphins having fun as they jump out of the water almost on top of each other.

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Dolphins engage in complex, playful behavior where they can do such amazing things such as blowing stable underwater bubble rings.

They then examine the bubble rings and even enjoy biting them to burst them into several smaller bubbles that float to the surface.

Since dolphins can't breathe underwater, they hold their breath for several minutes and some dolphins can hold their breath up to 15 minutes.


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3 Responses to Fun Facts About Dolphins

  1. On May 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm Bea said:

    Hi Paul: I am so delighted to be able to use in my Facebook wall the lovely image you captured of the playful dolphin. I am hoping that by posting the image, and the recent news I can contribute to bring awareness for the 800 and more dolphins that have been dying off the coast of Peru. Initial reports indicate the deaths are caused by sonar blasts (for oil exploration or navy exercises, etc). The dolphins (common dolphins and dusky dolphins) examined have been found with ear bone fractures, water bubbles in their bloodstream, burned, liver collapsed, is really sad. Anyways, thank you for the lovely image…
    Kindly,

    Bea

    • Thanks for the comment Bea! That’s terrible that dolphins can be treated so cruelly. That reminds me of the movie “The Cove”.. very sad movie. I wish you the best and thank you for the kind words on my photos.


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