Scientific Name: Odontoceti, which is Latin for “toothed whales”
Dolphins have several stomachs. That’s why scientists think their ancestors grazed on land.
The orca, or killer whale, is actually the largest member of the dolphin family.
A baby bottlenose dolphin can whistle the day it’s born.
Each dolphin in a family is somehow assigned a “signature whistle” by which others call it...sort of a name.
Part of the dolphin’s courting ritual is to swim upside-down.
The true dolphin is a fish, not a mammal. Those Miami football players do not have the true dolphin on their helmets. They ought to be called the Miami Bottlenoses.
There are pink dolphins with long snouts that live in the Amazon River. Amazon tribespeople hold them in high regard and protect them. Those dolphins eat piranha.
Moves made by a pair of dolphins are almost identical...without rehearsal. How each knows exactly what to do next remains a mystery. It takes humans months, even years, of practice to synchronize that way!
During courting, the male blue-footed booby flies over his territory flashing his feet at his mate. After landing he prances around, showing off his feet in a high-stepped walk. All the bowing and scraping, the bustling and flashing is part of an elaborate ritual of courtship.