Who doesn’t love dolphins? They are playful, graceful, smart, and just downright amazing! Did you know dolphins progressed from a four-legged land animal that began spending more time in the water around 50 million years ago? These now aquatic mammals have captivated both kids and adults by dabbling in human behaviors and acrobatics. There are a ton of fun facts regarding these magnificent creatures. Jump in for the most impressive dolphin facts!
Anatomy of Dolphins
Thanks to their anatomy dolphins are super-fast swimmers. Not to mention incredibly smart living beings. They can actually rest one side of their brain at a time so they can multitask breathing, swimming, and watching for predators while napping! Dolphins cannot breathe underwater they breathe through their blowhole and must breach the surface to do so.
These carnivores use their teeth to catch food but do not chew it, they swallow it whole. They can consume around 30 + pounds of crustaceans, squid, and fish per day. They can also regenerate new skin every 2 hours, I bet all that fish oil helps with those regenerative properties. Hop on the line with us at JP Cat at (727) 310-7883 to book your dolphin sightseeing cruise of St. Pete, FL today!
How Dolphins Communicate
Dolphins can hear frequencies 10 times the higher limit of adult humans. “Can you hear me now?” No need for strong cell phone reception here! They communicate with each other with whistles and clicks. Each dolphin responds to its own name and can remember other dolphins’ decades apart. Every dolphin has its own signature whistle for life, and calves learn their whistle from their mama while still in her belly.
These social aquatic mammals live in groups or pods of up to 1000 dolphins. They live life together hunting, eating, playing and even taking care of their sick. Typically, dolphins only birth one calf and with over 40 species of dolphins, the gestation period varies from 9-17 months. Female dolphins are naturally maternal and communicate their love with cuddling, nursing, and protecting their offspring up to 18 months after birth. Check out our gallery of photos and like our Facebook page.
How Dolphins Navigate the Water
Dolphins will travel up to 60 miles per day by swimming between 3 and 8 miles per hour, but they have reached speeds around 20 miles per hour. Their acute eyesight both in and out of the water helps them to search for food and stay aware of possible threats to their pod.
Dolphins have no sense of smell; however, their sense of touch is well-developed. Therefore, they rely on echolocation or biosonar, to find their way. Several animal species use this biological sonar by emitting calls then listening to the echoes of those calls that return from various objects close to them. These highly intelligent animals are even trained by the U.S. Navy to protect our nuclear weapons!
See Dolphins in the Wild
We love and respect these spectacular animals. A sure way to experience these wonderful creatures in the wild is aboard our JP Cat catamaran cruise! They are truly a sight to behold while gliding through the surf in their natural habitat. A must-see for all ages and something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
Don’t take our word for it come out to downtown St Pete and see for yourself! Our captains know all the perfect locations to sail for a glimpse of these majestic sea mammals. Check out our schedule online for a day or sunset cruise or call (727) 310-7883 for more information.