YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF WOWZERS AND WONDER FROM THE NATURAL WORLD
Share Wowzerful. Get Free Stuff! Scroll to the bottom for all the details.
This week’s featured critter spends most of its time near coastlines worldwide and is considered one of the most intelligent animals on the planet.
You might be surprised just how human-like bottlenose dolphins are. Let’s do a deep dive on this Wowzerful sea creature.
Bottlenosed dolphins are the most observed dolphins in coastal waters. If you’ve seen a dolphin on TV or in movies, it’s probably a bottlenose dolphin.
While other dolphin species might prefer the open waters, bottlenose dolphins are typically found closer to land — even venturing into estuaries, swamps, and other coastal biomes.
They can be found anywhere on the planet where ocean waters are temperate.
Reaching weights of up to 640 kilograms (roughly 1400 pounds) and lengths of around 4 metres (12.5 feet), you won’t fit a dolphin in your aquarium at home.
But despite their size, their streamlined bodies and strong tails allow them to move gracefully and powerfully through the water.
An adult dolphin can reach speeds of up to 35 km/h (22 mph).
They love to leap from the water — sometimes performing flips and other aerial stunts.
Dolphins live long lives, some as long as 40-50 years.
During that time, they’ll often travel with the same group of dolphins, known as a pod.
While the pod’s exact members might change, scientists have observed that they form lasting friendships and relationships — just like we do!
Once fully grown, dolphins have no known predators.
They are very social. Their unique style of communication, which consists of squeaks, whistles, and clicks helps them identify one another.
They also use high-frequency clicks to navigate their watery home. Also known as echolocation, this skill allows dolphins to move freely — even in low light or murky waters.
This ability to navigate and communicate makes dolphins formidable hunters, often working together to ensure everyone in the pod gets plenty of fish and shrimp to eat.
Despite their hunting prowess and intelligence, dolphins are very friendly and playful.
It’s common to find dolphins swimming alongside boats, where they love to play in the wake. They also enjoy surfing on waves, and investigating the humans who come to their beaches for a day of fun in the sun.
This interest in connecting, entertaining, and having fun is perhaps one of the most Wowzerful things about these sea-dwelling mammals.
As mammals, baby dolphins are born with the ability to swim. However, they’ll need their mother’s milk for nearly two years as they mature enough to hunt and digest fish, shrimp, and other small ocean dwellers.
Dolphins can click up to 1000 times per second to help track rapidly moving prey and form a detailed map of their surroundings!
Dolphins don’t chew their meals. Instead, they rely on a series of three chambers in their stomach to help break down the 12 to 15 pounds of food they’ll eat each day.
According to SeaWorld, the longest recorded time of an off-shore dolphin holding its breath was 14 minutes. That’s nearly half an average TV show episode!
Get up close and personal with a dolphin and see how these humans and dolphins have become good friends.
Wowzerful is free for everyone and is delivered every Saturday morning. If you were forwarded this email and would like to join the hundreds of other nature-inspired parents and their kids on this journey of discovery, simply hit the button below.
We hope you enjoyed this peek at one of our favourite finned friends! If you have a topic you’d like to see covered, we’d love to hear about it! Drop us a line! Until next week, stay curious and keep exploring!
Today’s email was written by Joshua J. with contributions by Geoff W. and Branden S.
On the hunt for more wowzers and wonder? Follow us: