Facts About Dolphins


Mae Wall, Author

Facts about dolphins

Dolphins are very smart. They do really cool tricks and are the 2nd smartest animals in the world! Dolphins are really intelligent and very smart when it comes to human language. When humans use symbols for objects/tricks, dolphins understand very well! They are really good at tests like the Mirror self-recognition, cultural learning, comprehension of symbol-based communication systems, and an understanding of abstract concepts. Dolphins demonstrate the ability to do all sorts of things and most scientists agree that dolphins are very intelligent. They are notoriously talented mimics and rapid learners! They demonstrate self-awareness, problem-solving, empathy, innovation, teaching skills, grief, joy, and playfulness. 

Dolphins can also be very aggressive. Dolphins are social animals. They are not friendly all the time. They have their own needs and annoyances and show a continuum of behavior from play to aggression. Dolphins, like other animals, will show aggression when you are disturbing them.

Do dolphins sleep?

Yes, they do! When sleeping, dolphins often rest at the surface.  They breathe regularly or they swim slowly and steadily, very close to the surface. In shallow water, dolphins sometimes sleep on the seabed rising regularly to the surface to breathe. One last fact about dolphins.  Dolphins have TWO stomachs! One of them is used for storage and the other is used to digest food that has been eaten. This seems to help out the dolphins because they eat 33 pounds of fish