Do you love dolphins?
Dolphins are small-toothed cetaceans easily recognizable by their curved mouths, which give them a permanent “smile.” There are 36 dolphin species, found in every ocean. Most dolphins are marine and live in the ocean or brackish waters along coastlines.
Dolphins are active predators and eat a wide variety of fishes, squids, and crustaceans such as shrimps. The foods available to a dolphin vary with its geographic location. Coastal dolphins tend to eat fishes and bottom-dwelling invertebrates. Offshore dolphins tend to eat fishes and squid.
Dolphins are active to some degree both day and night. Observations indicate that dolphins undergo daily cycles of activity, which include feeding, socializing, traveling, and resting. They are very smart mammals and are friendly with humans. Also are graceful, sleek swimmers that can reach speeds of more than 18 miles an hour.
For centuries, people have hunted dolphins for their meat and blubber. Today, their main threat comes from being caught accidentally in commercial fishing nets. It is our responsibility to protect them from our commercial activities. Sail with care!