For many years, humans have looked out into the ocean and have seen mammals, just like us, that live in the water. These mammals are dolphins, and include different species of dolphins all around the world, some types of whales, like killer whales, and most importantly, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins we get to see in Destin. These dolphins live in pods, and we typically see the same pods swimming together in the Destin Harbor. The males of the pods are called bulls, the females are called cows, and the young are called calves. We are lucky to be able to see them continuously in the area, but how much do you know about the dolphins? Here are some facts about the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
It’s True, Dolphins ARE Mammals
Mammals give live birth and nurse their young from their mammary glands. Dolphins do both of these, by giving live birth and by nursing the calves from their mammary glands.
Dolphins Are Deep Divers
Dolphins can dive up to 850 feet under the surface of the water, which is incredible for the change in pressure and lung capacity. However, since the dolphin needs access to air to breathe, they don’t that that far down for long and usually only dive in shallow areas.
Dolphins Can Stay Underwater For A While
The Bottlenose Dolphins can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes, however, they only typically stay underwater for a short period of time before resurfacing.
Dolphins Use Echolocation To Navigate
Dolphins utilize a special technique known as echolocation, where they emit a very high frequency of sound that bounces off objects in the water and returns to the dolphin, helping them locate fish and and navigate through the water. This method works a lot like a natural sonar.
Dolphins Are Known To Be Social Beings
Dolphins in generally are pretty social, but Bottlenose Dolphins are especially social. They not only cooperate with each other in their pods, they are also very approachable by humans. Dolphins hunt in teams and work together to help raise their young.
The Bottlenose Dolphin Can Grow Rather Large
This species of dolphin can grow up to 9 feet long in length from nose to tail. There are some species larger than this, but most are smaller, making the Bottlenose larger than average.
The Bottlenose Dolphin is Warm Blooded
Because the Bottlenose is warm blooded, it needs to stay warm in cold waters to be able to survive. During the winter, they stay warm with a lay of fat called “blubber” to help regulate a comfortable body temperature.
To learn more about the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and for a chance to see them in person, take a cruise on Destin’s Original Southern Star Dolphin Cruise!