Pictures of dolphins that I've taken at a water park and in the ocean near Lanai, Hawaii.
Species: There are 32 different dolphin species. Some of them include the Bottlenose, rough-toothed, spinner, Atlantic spotted, and Striped dolphin. What most people don't know is that Orca whales and Pilot whales are also members of the dolphin family.
Lifespan: Most species of dolphin live to be roughly 30-50 years old.
Size & Weight: The largest dolphin species is the Orca whale, which can grow to be 31 ft long and 3-10 tons! One of the smallest species of dolphin is the Tucuxi, which grod to be 4-6 ft long and weights about 100 lbs.
Habitat: Dolphins live in warm and cold waters. There are some species that live in freshwater rivers!
Diet: Dolphins eat fish, plankton, and squid. Larger species of dolphin, such as the orca, eat seals as well as fish.
Family Life: Many dolphin species live in pods. A pod can consist of mother dolphins and her calfs, or a group of male dolphins that work together to hunt. The bonds dolphins form are often long lasting, and they can recognize eachother even after a long seperation.
In the womb, fetal dolphins grow hind legs like land mammals--just a leftover from their evoluationary roots. They later reabsorbed before the dolphin is born.
Dolphins have been seen jumping as high as 16 ft out of the water!