With about forty known species living in waters all around the world, the dolphin is quite an amazing creature. Dolphins can be found in oceans all around the world, but most species of dolphins avoid the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. The highest population density of dolphins are between the tropics, however, dolphins aren’t only limited to this area. Dolphins also aren’t limited to oceans, and some species of dolphins have been found to live in rivers, although these dolphins are rare. There is plenty more to know about dolphins, so we want to share some exciting things about dolphins with you.

 

Dolphins, like the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and the River Dolphins, aren’t the only dolphins out there. While many dolphins have the word “dolphin” in their name, certain members of the whale family are actually considered dolphins. Some whales that are actually dolphins include killer whales and pilot whales. Even though these species have whales in their names, anatomically, they are more closely related to dolphins than whales like the Sperm Whale or Humpback Whale.

 

Dolphins are a very peculiar animal in the water. While sharks are very similar to dolphins, dolphins are actually mammals and give live birth to their young, unlike sharks who lay eggs to reproduce. Because dolphins are mammals, they produce milk for their young, which their young nurses from them for anywhere from nine months to seventeen months.

 

When talking about dolphins, certain words are used to describe them as a group or as individuals. Dolphins who travel and live together, whether family or just friends, are called a pod. Pods can have any number of dolphins, from just a few to hundreds. The young dolphins are called calves, the female dolphins are called cows, and the male dolphins are called bulls.

 

Dolphins are the true insomnias of the planet. Because dolphins are mammals, they need to breathe fresh air into their lungs at regular intervals, just like any other mammal would need to do. Because of this, dolphins only put half of their brain to sleep, so that the other half of the brain can work towards survival, like maintaining a breathing cycle so the dolphin doesn’t drown, and so that the dolphin can remain alert if any predators are on the prowl to attack a member of the pod.

 

Dolphins are shown to be very intelligent creatures, especially since they have shown some intellect in being able to reason, learn, and adapt, as well as show emotion, understand the outcomes of events, and even using tools to accomplish tasks, like using a sponge to search for food on the ocean floor without scratch or harming their snouts on any dangers the ocean floor may present.

 

There is plenty more to learn about dolphins, but if you are looking for a close encounter with wild dolphins, then embarking on a Destin dolphin cruise with the Southern Star is the best way to safely enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat!