by Bryan, 9 years old ~ St. James, NY
Dolphins are smart and interesting animals. They are mammals just
like us humans. They are warm blooded, they breathe air, and the babies drink milk from
their mothers. Dolphins use echolocation (send out rays) to find other animals under
water. There are many kinds of dolphins. Even the killer whale is a dolphin.
The bottlenose dolphin is one of the most common dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins get their
name from the shape of their snout. They are chunkier than the other dolphins. The
bottlenose dolphin can jump up to 13 feet out of the water ! They have different colors
and markings. Some have spots or light stripes. Many have gray backs but some have brown
or bluish backs.
Bottlenose dolphins live in oceans all over the earth - except they don't live in the
polar areas. They usually live in the same area for a long period of time. The bottlenose
dolphins might migrate to catch food. They are often seen with other sea mammals.
Bottlenose dolphins don't have all the senses that people have. Can you believe that with
such a big nose they are not able to smell ? Their vision is good in and above water.
These cool dolphins do not have many enemies. If they are near an enemy their main defense
is to swim away. They are lucky because they can swim up to 25 miles per hour. Being in a
pod (a group of dolphins) also helps them because they have more help keeping an eye out
for their predators (animals that want to eat them).
The pod is also helpful when they are tracking down their food (mostly fish and squid).
They work together to herd up their food. They click and whistle to let the other dolphins
know what they are doing.
Dolphins are very social animals. They seem to have close relationships with the members
of their pod. There are many stories of dolphins being very helpful and friendly to
Bottlenose dolphins are very neat looking, smart water mammals. I hope you find them as
interesting as I do.