Dolphins are, without a doubt, very intelligent marine mammals and amongst the most popular animals known to man. Their friendly, playful nature has allowed them to become a much-adored species of the sea. Dolphins develop different skills that allow them to adjust both to aquatic environments and to moments of interaction with other living beings, fortunately for us, including the human being. Experiencing dolphins is something that many of people note on their bucket list and for good reason. Have a look at a few obscure facts about dolphins that will make you adore them even more if that’s possible.
They Breath Differently from Most Animals
Most people didn’t know that a dolphins breathing is a voluntary act and not a reflex. What we mean by this is that they decide when to come to the surface to breathe, unlike us who do it involuntarily. How do they breathe you ask? Through their blowhole, situated on top of their head. That little whole on top of their head is how the survive and if you have ever seen them blow water from it, you will know how entertaining dolphins can be.
They Live in Groups and Love Social Interaction
Whether they are living in the wild or under human care, dolphins live in groups in which they develop certain social behaviours. Some of the behaviours observed are the feeling of being accompanied as well as parental care. Dolphins are a lot like us as they value social interactions with peers and will spend their days enjoying each other’s company.
They Never Fully Go to Sleep
Unlike us, dolphins are never fully asleep. They never disconnect from what happens around them. When they are asleep, only one part of their brain goes to rest, while the others are kept in visual and auditory alert to detect the presence of predators or to keep breathing. Not many people know this and is yet another why dolphins are fascinating creatures.
Their Hearing is Much Better than Ours
Dolphins’ nervous systems process sounds much faster than our own. This is due to their echolocation ability. The range of hearing of a healthy human being is in between 15 and 20,000 Hz, while that of the dolphin goes from 75 to 150,000 Hz. They can detect objects at a distance of up to 70 meters away so are always on alert to anything lurking in the deepest depths of the ocean.
They See with Sound
Dolphins can indeed see with sound. They use their tell-tale clicks which travel long distances and bounce off of objects. This allows them to know how far away the object is and the shape, density, movement and texture of it. There you have it your Top 5 little-known facts about everyone’s favourite animal, the dolphin.