Bottlenose Dolphin Facts
Bottlenose dolphin facts
Bottlenose dolphins sleep with one eye open and the other closed. Unlike humans, they need to be awake to breathe. To prevent drowning while sleeping only half of the dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe. When the left brain sleeps, the right eye is closed and when the right half sleeps the left eye is closed.





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    Tail first
    A bottlenose dolphin calf is born tail-first to prevent drowning

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    Brother hippo

    Dolphins evolved from land animals. The land ancestor of the dolphin lived about 50 million years ago and looked a little like a wolf. Their closest living land relative is the hippopotamus.



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Janus

Bottlenose dolphin's eyeballs move independently of each other. They can look ahead and look back at the same time

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Can't chew

Though they have about 100 cone-shaped teeth, bottlenose dolphins swallow their food without chewing

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Warm-blooded

Bottlenose dolphins are warm-blooded and their body temperature is around 37 ℃ (98 ℉), which is almost the same as that of humans

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New skin, please

A bottlenose dolphin's outermost skin layer will be replaced every two to four hours to get rid of any algae and bacteria that tend to stick to the skin. This also reduces the drag and improves the speed of the swim.



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Color-blind
Bottlenose dolphins are color-blind and hence cannot see blue color.

Bottlenose Dolphin Quick facts
Family Delphinidae
Genus Tursiops
Av. length 2.5 to 3 meters (8 to 10 feet)
Av. weight 135 to 300 kg (300 to 650 pounds)
Av. gestation 12 months
Bottlenose Dolphin Quick facts
Family Delphinidae
Genus Tursiops
Av. length 2.5 to 3 meters (8 to 10 feet)
Av. weight 135 to 300 kg (300 to 650 pounds)
Av. gestation 12 months


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