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Dolphins are marine mammals that are closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost forty species of dolphin in seventeen genera. Dolphins are often regarded as one of Earth's most intelligent animals, though it is hard to say just how intelligent. Comparing species' relative intelligence is complicated by differences in sensory apparatus, response modes, and nature of cognition. Furthermore, the difficulty and expense of experimental work with large aquatic animals has so far prevented some tests and limited sample size and rigor in others. Compared to many other species however, dolphin behavior has been studied extensively, both in captivity and in the wild.

Dolphins are social, living in pods of up to a dozen individuals. In places with a high abundance of food, pods can merge temporarily, forming a superpod; such groupings may exceed 1,000 dolphins.


Dolphins are marine mammals.

Dolphin Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea

Dolphin in Foreign Languages:

Arabic: dulfiin / durfiin/ dúkhas
Armenian: delfin
Basque: izurde
Bosnian: delfin
Bulgarian: delfin
Catalan: dofí
Chamicuro: walali
Cherokee: dinesquadegi
Croatian: delfin
Czech: delfín
Danish: delfin
Dutch: dolfijn
Esperanto: delfeno
Finnish: delfiin
French: dauphin
Galician: golfiño
German: Delphin / Delfin
Greek: delfín / delfis / delfíni
Hebrew: dólfin
Hungarian: delfin
Icelandic: höfrungur
Indonesian: lumba-lumba
Italian: delfino
Korean: dolgorae
Latin: delphinus
Latvian: delfins
Mandarin: haitún
Navajo: tééh hóyáanii
Norwegian: delfin
Persian: dolfin
Polish: delfin
Portuguese: golfinho
Romanian: delfin
Russian: del’fín
Scottish Gaelic: leumadair / bèist-ghorm / deilf / muc-bhiorach
Roman: delfin / pliskavica
Sicilian: derfinu
Slovakian: delfín
Slovenian: delfin
Spanish: delfín
Swahili: pomboo
Swedish: delfin
Tagalog: lumba-lumba
Turkish: yunus
West Frisian: dolfin


Conservation Status:
Varies depending on the species.

Size: Dolphins vary in size by species. The smallest dolphin is Maui's Dolphin measuring 4 feet in length and weighing about 90 lbs. The largest dolphin is the Orca Whale, measuring 30 feet in length and weighing several tons.

Habitat: Dolphin species are found in both fresh and salt water.

Description: Dolphins have long streamline bodies with flukes and flippers to help them swim. Dolphins have a blow hole on the top of their heads.

Diet: A dolphins diet varies depending on the size of the species. Smaller dolphins feed on fish and squid, while larger dolphins will feed on larger marine animals.

Communication: Dolphins are excessively vocal and social. Dolphins use a series of sounds and echolocation to communicate with other dolphins in the pod.

Did You Know?

Dolphins can remain under water for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Gestation: The dolphin gestation varies by species.

Birth: Dolphins give birth tail first. The size of the calf varies drastically by species.

Sexually Mature: The age of sexual maturity of dolphins vary depending on the species.

Life Span: Dolphins have a life span of 20-50 years of age, depending on their age.

Did You Know?

Dolphins can be playful, but they can also be aggressive.

Social Structure: Dolphins are a social animal they travel in groups or pods of varying sizes.

Dolphin Gifts




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