Thursday Thoughts 6.2.2014

Thursday Thoughts 6.2.2014

Bottlenose dolphins are well known as the intelligent and charismatic stars of many aquarium shows. Their curved mouths give the appearance of a friendly, permanent smile, and they can be trained to perform complex tricks.

In the wild, these sleek swimmers can reach speeds of over 18 miles (30 kilometers) an hour. They surface often to breathe, doing so two or three times a minute. Bottlenose dolphins travel in social groups and communicate with each other by a complex system of squeaks and whistles. Schools have been known to come to the aid of an injured dolphin and help it to the surface.

Bottlenose dolphins track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. They can make up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. These sounds travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back to their dolphin senders, revealing the location, size, and shape of their target.

When dolphins are feeding, that target is often a bottom-dwelling fish, though they also eat shrimp and squid. These clever animals are also sometimes spotted following fishing boats in hopes of dining on leftovers.

Bottlenose dolphins are found in tropical oceans and other warm waters around the globe. They were once widely hunted for meat and oil (used for lamps and cooking), but today only limited dolphin fishing occurs. However, dolphins are threatened by commercial fishing for other species, like tuna, and can become mortally entangled in nets and other fishing equipment.

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12 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts 6.2.2014

  1. i wonder what the birds make of it, all the animals, birds, bees, etc ect, seem to get on, till the alien human arrrives on the scene, it’s like the bully in the room, great post

  2. Whenever I see a dolphin or whale picture I’m reminded that the only utterly useless and dumb creature nature has ever produced is mankind. The BBC showed a brilliant documentary last month, where dolphin super-pods of more than 3,000 individuals travelled together and also dolphins of different species were travelling together as friends. Each individual has his or her own signature “click sequence”, in effect saying their name when they meet another dolphin. I hope they’ll take over the planet one day…

  3. very nice write up. i really love dolphins. such creatures who befriend humans even after all the harm we do to them. sometimes i believe that their souls were from old souls that predates the human race by 100,000s of years.

    just my imagination on that of course lol. again great write up.

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