Dolphins

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          Did you know?

  Porpoises and dolphins communicate with each other by squeaking, growling, moaning, clicking and whistling. They also use ultrasonic sound for echolocation.

  Dolphins are often regarded as one of Earth’s most intelligent animals!

  Dolphins are social, living in pods of up to 12 individuals.

  Dolphins can establish strong bonds between each other which leads them to stay with injured or ill individuals.

  Dolphins teach their young how to use tools, such as breaking sponges off and covering their snouts with them so as to protect their snouts while foraging.

  Dolphins not only have a tendency to be playful towards humans, they have been known to protect people from sharks by swimming circles around them.

  Play is an important part of a dolphin's life. They can often be observed playing with seaweed or play-fighting with other dolphins!

IMPACT OF COMMERCIAL FISHING ON DOLPHINS:

Even though the U.S. does not actively hunt dolphins for food, a large amount of dolphins inadvertently get caught in U.S. commercial fishing nets. In some parts of the world, dolphins are considered food and are hunted with harpoons and nets.