A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 1961, a handful of the world's top scientists gathered at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia, to give Dolphins LSD. They noted as soon as the dolphin on LSD had contact with another intelligent mammal, it wouldn't shut up. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Pelorus Jack was a dolphin that used to guide ships through a notoriously dangerous channel in New Zealand. In 1904 someone aboard the SS Penguin tried to shoot Jack with a rifle, he survived and continued to guide all ships except the SS Penguin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
Ric O'Barry transitioned from training dolphins for the TV show 'Flipper' to instead advocating against industries that keep dolphins in captivity, after one of the Flipper dolphins died in his arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Whales and dolphins get sunburns too, sparking concern that the thinned ozone layer can lead to the development of skin cancer in these animals. sciencemag.org/news/2010/…
Dolphins develop self awareness quicker than apes and humans phys.org/news/2018-01-dol…
Dolphins have names for one another, using a unique whistle to distinguish between different members within their pod. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Dolphins have learned to use rudimentary tools. For example, mother dolphins teach their young to cover their snouts with sponges while foraging on the ocean floor. This prevents them from being stung by venomous creatures. nbcnews.com/id/8121399/ns…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
Since dolphins breathe manually, they cannot enter 'deep sleep' like humans. Therefore, dolphins only allow one half of their brains to sleep at a time, and never lose consciousness. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Biologists found that some dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico decapitate catfish before eating them in order to avoid injury from the catfish skull spines. Biologists studied a sampling of a half-kilometer trail of severed catfish heads bobbing in the wake of a dolphin pod. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Orca (aka "killer whale") is actually the largest kind of dolphin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Today I learned of Kelly, a dolphin whose trainers gave her fish for bringing them litter/dead gulls to clean her pool. She started hiding fish under a rock in her pool, then used fish to lure gulls which she brought to her trainers to get more fish. She taught her calf the strategy, who taught more calves. theguardian.com/science/2…
Some dolphins form boy bands to that sing together to attract females and these "bands" can stick together for decades smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Whales and Dolphins closest living relatives is the Hippopotamus, just as Chimpanzees are the closest living relative to Homo Sapiens. youtu.be/DP53WAkQ5Yc
A bottlenose dolphin could swim up to 22 miles per hour(35 kilometers per hour) and when they're asleep, they keep half of its brain awake in order to keep breathing montereybayaquarium.org/a…
, killer whales are actually a species of large dolphins! api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned that scientists gave dolphins lsd as an attempt to communicate with them independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned about Moko, a bottlenose dolphin who became famous when he rescued two Pygmy whales in March 2008. Moko swam up to the stranded whales, who were trapped between a sandbar and a beach, and led them through a channel out into the open sea. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Dolphins are actually small whales seaworld.com/orlando/blog…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
The USA spent $14mill researching marine mammals as weapons in 2017 (e.g. dolphins and sea lions) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There are no documented cases of wild orca whales attacking humans...and that orcas are...dolphins?! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
A 4-yr-old captive beluga whale who'd been living with belugas moved to a dolphinarium where her only companions were dolphins. In her early days with the dolphins, she made beluga "contact calls." Within 2 months, the beluga imitated dolphin whistles & dropped the beluga calls altogether. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Killer Whales are not actually whales. They're dolphins. oceanconservancy.org/blog…
Today I learned of beaked whales, a set of 22 species of whales with beaks like dolphins, some of which reach sizes of over 42 feet and which prey on colossal squid in the deep sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Dolphins Are So Clever They Know The Reflection In A Mirror Is Not Another Dolphin But Their Own. youtu.be/6M92OA-_5-Y
Dolphins can sleep with only one half of their brains at a time so they can still swim at the waters surface and breath. animals.howstuffworks.com…
A sloth can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. 4 times longer than a dolphin. They sleep for 15 hours a day and internal organs like the heart, spleen and liver are arranged to accommodate living upside down.The grip of a sloth is so strong when they die they sometimes remain hanging on trees zsl.org/sloth-facts
Before the Nintendo GameCube was released, one of the codenames for it were β€œDolphin” nintendolife.com/news/201…
A dolphin and false killer whale can mate and create a hybrid β€˜wolphin’ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Children belonging to the Moken tribe of Thailand have perfect vision underwater. They do is by constricting their pupils and changing their lens shape, just like dolphins and seals. They use this ability to hunt for fish, clam and shells to eat. bbc.com/future/article/20…
In 1996, the Vancouver Aquarium became the first in the world to pledge to never again capture a wild whale or dolphin. Its first killer whale was captured in 1964, making it the first in the world to study orcas under human care bc.ctvnews.ca/archive-pho…
Two Welsh tourists in Australia, Rhys Owen Jones and Keri Mules, once got so drunk that they went to SeaWorld and swam with dolphins, let off a fire extinguisher in the shark enclosure and stole a penguin called Dirk bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-1…
The closest living relatives of hippos are cetaceans, which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Today I learned of the Byford Dolphin decompression incident, where a diver was forced through a 60cm (24 inch) opening by compressed air and violently dismembered. Additionally, it caused the "expulsion of all of the internal organs of his chest and abdomen" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byf…
A Sloth Can Hold Its Breath for 40 Minutes Underwater,Longer than a Dolphin thedodo.com/8-awesome-thi…
The US Navy uses dolphins to help it defend the world's largest stock pile of nuclear weapons at naval Base Kitsap. businessinsider.com/the-w…
Early ancestors of Whales once walked on land. And that whales (and dolphins, orcas etc) evolved AFTER dinosaurs went extinct. nhm.ac.uk/discover/when-w…
Today I Learned 'Killer whales' are not actually a whale, rather they are the largest species of dolphin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Once a year, fish swim to Mexico for an orgy so loud it can deafen dolphins and sea lions newsweek.com/corvina-mati…
Dolphins are ungulates! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ung…
False Killer Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins form interspecies social relationships; individual pairings can become buddies for 5 years and beyond scientificamerican.com/ar…
The US military uses dolphins to find and identify underwater mines because they are better at it than humans. yahoo.com/news/why-mine-s…
Researchers found a mother dolphin who adopted a young melon-headed whale; the dolphin mother nursed the whale who often pushed his "adoptive sister" away from the mother. The whale took on bottlenose behaviors such as surfing, jumping, & socializing with other young males. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about prehistoric aquatic reptiles and the mosasaurus, they are closely related to modern reptiles rather than dinosaurs and looked like a reptilian shark or dolphin. Also interesting is how these aquatic reptiles, mammals (dolphins), and fish (sharks), all evolved to look as if they’re related. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Bats and dolphins evolved echolocation in the same way (down to the molΓ©cular level). An analysis revealed that 200 genes had independently changed in the same ways. This is an extreme example of convergent evolution. sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
Gaze following is instinctual for many animalsβ€”including humans, chimps, dogs, goats, dolphins, and even the red-footed tortoise. Dogs glance back and forth between human and where the human is looking. The behavior, only seen before in humans and chimps, is called check backs or double looking. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The reason Dolphins don't go into an unconscious sleep is because they would stop going up for air and suffocate. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Whales and Dolphins have regional dialects/accents countrylife.co.za/conserv…
Dolphins and porpoises have a number of differences, and here are just two of them. Dolphins’ teeth are cone-shaped, while porpoises’ teeth are spade-shaped. Dolphins typically have a bulbous head and a clearly-defined "beak"; porpoises usually have a rounder face without the pronounced beak. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Certain whales use a technique called bubble netting which involves encircling schools of prey and blowing a series of bubble rings or vortex rings through the water which surround the prey, effectively enveloping them into a ball so that they’re easier to capture. Dolphins also do this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Orcas can teach themselves to communicate with dolphins. A group of researchers in California discovered that orcas living alongside dolphins changed their vocalizations by adding in more clicks and whistles to match the dolphin’s communication. azula.com/orcas-learned-s…
Wild bottlenose dolphins can have bold and shy personalities just like people according to studies. Such differing personality traits were shown to be key to their survival because it was observed how these play into social cohesion, communication and taking chances to secure food resources. researchgate.net/publicat…
Dolphins cannot swim faster than 15 m/s due to cavitation formation, which causes pain. On the other hand, the lack of pain receptors on the fins of fish (e.g. mackerels, tunas, etc.) allows them to exceed the cavitation free-limit and cavitation-induced damage has been observed on their bodies. nature.com/articles/s4159…
On different occasions, scientists have observed male dolphins execute forced gang intercourse, incest, and infanticide. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
During 1999 NFL Season The Jacksonville Jaguars went 14-3 with all of their wins coming from teams that didn't make the playoffs except for the Miami Dolphins. Their 3 losses all came from the Tennessee Titans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
When the New York Jets played the Miami Dolphins in London in 2015, the team had 350 rolls of American toilet paper shipped to England on the recommendation of an intern who said British toilet paper was too thin. profootballtalk.nbcsports…
Dolphins are born with mustaches (hair around upper lip). Mustach helps newborn dolphins locate and feel their mother for the first few days of nursing and falls off after a week or so because of a natural depilatory process. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The Indian Government banned the use of Dolphins for commercial entertainment, calling them β€˜non-human persons’, and declaring that it would be morally unacceptable to capture them for entertainment. downtoearth.org.in/news/i…
If dolphins drink fresh water they stop eating. Since they get fluids from their food they cant tell the difference between hunger and thirst. io9.gizmodo.com/ten-sense…
A dolphin sleeps half of its brain in turn. One hemisphere first enters a sleep cycle while the contralateral remains awake. Once the first hemisphere has awoken, the other goes into its own sleep cycle. This allows the dolphin to continue swimming & surfacing for air while it sleeps. youtu.be/OB61yG8WDyU
Four dolphins died after a 4 month hunger strike at a Montreal aquarium in 1980. mtlblog.com/lifestyle/how…
Two pigmy whales, a mother and a calf got stranded in a beach unable to navigate back to the ocean past a series of sandbanks. Seeing their plight a dolphin arrived and guided the whales 200 yards along the shoreline and out through a channel into the open sea. independent.co.uk/environ…
Dolphins Sleep by resting one half of their brain at a time. It's called Unihemispheric sleep or slow-wave sleep. During this time, the eye opposite the sleeping half of the brain is open while the other is closed. Dolphins can't breath under water and so stay awake for safety. reference.com/pets-animal…
The 1980 Jets v. Dolphins game was broadcast without announcers. NBC experimented by not assigning any commentators to cover it, in an attempt to boost the ratings of the last game of the season. deadspin.com/don-ohlmeyer…
A killer whale is actually a dolphin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Killer whales are a type of dolphin. whalefacts.org/killer-wha…
, that dolphins and whales don't drink sea water. They get water from the food they eat. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Early in life, each dolphin creates its own unique vocal whistle that gives it an individual identity. Because each whistle is unique, dolphins are able to call to each other by mimicking the whistle of a dolphin they want to communicate with. It's the equivalent of calling each other by name. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Dolphins blow air rings and play with them youtube.com/watch?v=bT-fc…
The reason the dolphins of the western Pacific are pink is not because they have naturally pink skin, but because their skin turns pink when the dolphins are highly active while feeding making their subcutaneous blood vessels swell and this process helps reduce their body temperature. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
A group of sperm whales adopted a bottlenose dolphin with a spinal deformation, after it was lost from its own dolphin group. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Seals and sea lions have retractable nipples, while dolphins and whales have folds of skin that hide feeding glands called "mammary slits", and we're still not sure how their babies feed from that. Also, a blue whale can produce 200 liters of milk per day. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
English sailors on the HMS Dolphin in 1766 discovered that native women on islands would trade sex for iron, and began pulling nails out, causing loss of the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Dolphins have their own signature call whistle (name), apart from having a signature whistle for a whole pod of dolphins. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There are "combat dolphins" used by many naval forces in the world. They seek mines, look out for intruders, and locate/tag lost equipment. These dolphins can tell the difference between stainless steel, brass, or aluminum pipes that are buried over two feet in mud in the ocean floor. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Due to specialization of brain hemispheres, dolphins use the right eye to look at unfamiliar objects and the left eye for familiar targets journals.plos.org/plosone…
Orcas ( Killer Whales) are not a whale, but the largest species of dolphin! They were initially called "whale killers" after being observed displaying this habit. Over the years it was flipped to Killer Whales. dolphinproject.com/resour…
As a dolphin, humans can develop low level echolocation with rigorous practice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
US Navy-trained dolphins, armed with β€œToxic dart guns” were swept out of their military facility into the sea by Hurricane Katrina. theguardian.com/world/200…
There was an experiment to teach dolphins English. A dolphin called Peter did actually learn a few words but actually fell in love with his teacher and also had sexual urges. Consequently, the experiment ended pronto but unfortunately the dolphin couldn't cope and committed suicide. theguardian.com/environme…
Dolphins Purposefully get Pricked by Puffer fish to get High smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A Nearly Extinct Pink Dolphin Gave Birth To A Pink Calf moon-child.net/nearly-ext…
Sega's Ecco the Dolphin (1992) was heavily inspired by researcher John C. Lilly, who, after experimenting with psychedelics, believed he came into contact with a group of "cosmic entities" he dubbed E.C.C.O., short for Earth Coincidence Control Office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecc…
"dolphins in the ocean" can swim "more than 50 miles an hour" with "little power input." "Research . . . appears to show that the dolphins do this by twitching their skin in such a way as to discourage the formation of turbulent vortices and turbulence which leads to drag and power dissipation." apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/ful…
Dolphins can commit sucide by chosing to stop breathing huffpost.com/entry/dolphi…
Dolphins can understand syntax. In 1997, researchers used a symbolic gestural/acoustic language, asking dolphins to put one of many specific toys in one specific basket. They were able to perform the task immediately, and responded appropriately when the objects in the sentence were swapped. youtu.be/KTShFMlFFBc?t=15…
Orcas, or "killer whales," are actually dolphins. nationalgeographic.com/an…
4 years after the show "Flipper" premiered an Australian show called "Skippy" came out about a kangaroo instead of a dolphin. youtube.com/watch?v=hByob…
Dolphins and whales evolved from land animals and are related to hippos dolphin-academy.com/learn…
Dolphins can save energy by jumping rather than swimming nature.com/articles/28454…
Toxoplasmosis (the feline brain parasite) poses a significant threat to two critically endangered species of dolphin. doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-…
Dolphins and humans work together to catch fish nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The world's largest concentration of nukes is housed 20 miles NW of Seattle, and it's defended by trained dolphins. businessinsider.com/the-w…
Claiming that only Dolphins (plus humans, pigs, etc) have sex for pleasure is seen as a misconception by some scholars. We see sex where reproduction is impossible in many more animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The world's longest sea bridge is 55km between Hong Kong and Macau but it is only open to drivers with a special permit. Towers above the bridge are designed to look like dolphins and curves of the road are meant to resemble a snake theguardian.com/world/201…
India bans captive Dolphin shows as β€˜morally unacceptable’ - They believe they are highly intelligent & should be seen as β€˜non-human persons’ with their own specific rights. ens-newswire.com/2013/05/…

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