Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Dolphins
Do you love dolphins? Join the club! Whether you’re on a whale watching tour or watching them on a nature documentary, it’s hard not to love dolphins. Dolphins are famously intelligent and friendly creatures, which may explain why humans are so fascinated by them. Here are five facts about dolphins that you may find interesting.
- They’re a lot like humans. Dolphins are at least as smart as some apes and can do many of the things that apes can do, such as recognize themselves in mirrors, use complex communication, and practice mimicry. In fact, new research reported by MSNBC has found that dolphins’ relatively large brains can be explained by an evolutionary history that’s remarkably similar to our own.
- Killer whales are actually dolphins. This is a surprising fact that many people don’t know. Orcas, or killer whales, aren’t actually whales at all, but are instead classified as the largest member of the dolphin family. That explains why the distinctive black-and-white animals are surprisingly intelligent and frequently perform at aquarium shows alongside their smaller cousins.
- Dolphins are voracious eaters. An average-sized dolphin weighing in at 260 pounds eats roughly 33 pounds of fish per day. For an average-sized human, that’s essentially the equivalent of eating 15 to 22 pounds of steak a day.
- Dolphins live a long time. One dolphin can swim through the seas for several decades. The maximum age for bottlenose dolphins is between 40 and 50 years, though this differs from region to region. Other dolphin species also have fairly long lifespans.
- Dolphins cannot go into a full deep sleep. Dolphins have to be conscious to breathe. This means that they cannot go into a full deep sleep without suffocating. Dolphins have “solved” this problem by letting only one half of their brains sleep at a time. Dolphins sleep about eight hours each day in this fashion.
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