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Dolphins

March is a Dolphin Awareness Month and Springbok Casino joins worldwide efforts to support these beautiful, highly intelligent marine mammals. Keep on reading to learn a few interesting and fun facts about this graceful, friendly and playful member of the toothed whales family.

Dolphins and Surfer

When on a boat, you might see dolphins riding the waves next to you, as if to keep you company. Scientists claim that by swimming alongside ships, they are actually trying to conserve energy. But could it be it’s actually because they like our company as much as we love theirs? This video showing a pod of dolphins joining a surfer kind of indicates the latter.

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Dolphins Jump

Dolphins can jump as high as 25 feet out of the water and there is a number of explanations as to why they do it. It’s believed that jumping and spinning is used as a means of communication but is also a way they play. Some say dolphin will jump to show off, and others that it’s a way to get a better view of the surrounding area.

dolphin birth

Gestation period in dolphins lasts 12 months, and normally the moms will deliver one young every 2 to 4 years. Did you know that dolphin is the only mammal giving birth with the tail first, instead of the head? Have a look at this heartwarming video showing a baby girl seeing the light of day for the very first time.

video of dolphin birth

Orcas

Did you know that killer whale or Orca belongs to oceanic dolphin family? And that it didn’t get its name because it’s a whale that kills, but because it kills whales?

cultural behavior of dolphins

We all know dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals, but were you aware they were also highly evolved culturally? Researches have observed them teaching their young how to use tools, such as sponges used to protect their snouts from getting stung by stonefish and other creatures hiding on the sea floor. It is believed that this cultural behavior is being passed on along family lines, from mother to daughter.

Dolphin plays with dog

Dolphins are playful animals which enjoy socializing, and will look even outside of their species to find a playmate and engage in one or another type of fun activity. Numerous videos have documented interactions between these friendly creatures and whales, humans and even dogs.

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Dolphins help dying friend

Dolphins in a group, known as a pod, create very strong bonds. When one of the pod member gets into a difficulty or ends up injured, the others will do what they can to help and look after them with great care. This heartbreaking footage shows a group of dolphins swimming close together, in an effort to carry the injured female on their backs and keep her head above water to save her from drowning.

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Dolphin asks for help

Ready to help other fellow animals when in need, dolphins don’t shy asking for help when in trouble themselves. Check out this footage of a dolphin which got tangled in fishing line, and subsequently approaching a group of divers for help.

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Sleeping Dolphin

Dolphins have to come to the surface regularly in order to get oxygen, which is why we often get to enjoy the sight of these wonderful mammals. But how come they don’t drown when they are asleep? First of all, dolphins don’t sleep for hours in one go like we do; instead they take short 15 to 20 minute naps. Secondly, only half of the their brain goes to sleep each time, so that the other half can remain conscious and keep them breathing.

Dolphins and Mirrows

Did you know that dolphin is one of the few mammals, other than human, who has the ability to recognise itself in mirrors? Research involving Bottlenose dolphins has recorded interesting behaviours when these lovely animals would catch sight of their reflections. They would open and inspect their mouths, make a series of movements to observe parts of their bodies they can’t normally see, and when marked, dolphins regularly used mirrors to inspect the marking.

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Dolphins Sonar

Dolphins communicate by producing a range of vocal signals and ultrasonic pulses. They will whistle in social situations, when separated from friends, and when excited, happy or panicked. Pulsed sounds known as clicks are not only used to communicate with one another, but also for sonar purposes, allowing them to “see” through sound the same way bats do. Having produced a click, a dolphin will wait for the echo to help him form a mental image of objects located in its environment.