The dolphin is one of the most intelligent animals in the ocean. This playful marine mammal uses sound to find its prey and lives in groups called Pods.
The acrobatic dolphin moves its powerful tail up and down to build up enough speed to jump out of the water. Dolphins often to that while trying to hunt prey.
Hunting With Sound
Dolphins use sound to find their prey. This is called echolocation. They make whistling and clicking noises, that travel through the water. The sound bounces off of the prey and creates an echo that the dolphins can here. The echos tell the dolphin the shape, size and location of their prey.
Looking After The Baby
A female dolphin gives birth to her calf, under the water. The mother pushes the baby to the surface as soon as possible so it can take it’s first breath. The calf feeds on his mothers milk for about a year. They all stick together in groups or families called pods.
Did You Know?
Dolphins do not sleep because they have to come to the surface to breathe, but they do rest at the waters surface for a few minutes at a time.
- Children’s OCEAN LIFE Encyclopedia
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