Dolphin Facts & Trivia

Dolphin Facts

  • Dolphins can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes.
  • Dolphins consume a variety of prey including fish, squid and crustaceans.
  • Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and find food.
  • Not all dolphins live in sea water; river dolphins live in rivers.
  • Dolphins are mammals and nurse their young with milk.
  • Dolphins evolved from land animals; their land ancestor lived 50 million years ago and looked like a wolf.
  • Dolphin mating season is peaked in spring and fall.
  • Dolphin gestation is 9-17 months.
  • There are 43 different species of dolphins.
  • Dolphin life span is an average of 17 years, but have lived as long as 50 years.
  • Dolphins are carnivores (meat eaters).
  • Dolphins are carnivores (meat eaters).
  • Dolphins live in schools or pods of up to 12 individuals.
  • Dolphins use a blowhole on top of their heads to breathe.
  • Some fishing methods, such as the use of nets, kill a large number of dolphins every year.
  • The term dolphin means “womb” and is from the Greek word delphys.
  • Dolphins are “re-entrants” who once lived on land.
  • Some dolphins can understand up to 60 words.
  • Dolphins do not have a sense of smell.
  • The dolphin’s sonar is superior to any other animal.
  • Dolphins will ram a shark in order to kill it.
  • Humans are the most dangerous enemy of the dolphin.
  • There were two dolphin TV shows, Flipper and Dolphin Cove.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Cetacean
  • Family: Delphinidae

Dolphin Movies

  • Big Miracle (2012)
  • Dolphin Boy (2011)
  • Dolphin Tale (2011)
  • Beneath the Blue (2010)
  • Dolphins (2000)
  • To Swim with Dolphins (1996)
  • The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
  • Flipper (1963)

Dolphin songs

  • Flipper TV Theme Song, with music by Henry Vars & lyrics by William D. Dunham
  • The Promise (The Dolphin Song), by Olivia Newton John

Famous Dolphins

  • Flipper, from the film “Flipper”
  • Snowflake, from the film “Ace Ventura Pet Detective”
  • T.D., the mascot of the football team the Miami Dolphins

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