Dolphins are, without a doubt, very intelligent marine mammals since they develop different skills that allow them to adjust both to aquatic environments and to moments of interaction with other living beings, including the human being.
At Delphinus, we make sure our visitors’ experience and swim with dolphins in Cancun is unforgettable. This is why, today, we share with you some interesting facts about these fascinating animals.
Are dolphins friendly?
According to various studies, including the one carried out by the Hunger College in 2010, dolphins possess intelligence superior to other animals, ranking second highest only after humans. They can recognize themselves, learn some symbols that help them communicate. These characteristics make them capable of developing bonds with human beings.
Many cases have been seen where dolphins approach boats and achieve interactions with humans. Although it is important to mention that this type of contact must be avoided since this can endanger the safety of the animals.
Without a doubt, dolphins are creatures capable of living in a way they feel comfortable with humans, as long as this interaction is guided by experts in the behavior of these animals so that both dolphins and humans are always safe during these experiences.
Amazing facts about dolphins
Dolphins breathing is a voluntary act!
Did you know that? They decide when to come to the surface to breathe, unlike us who do it involuntarily. How do they do it? Through their blowhole, situated on top of their head.
They live in herds !
Whether they are living in the wild or under human care, dolphins live in groups in which they develop certain social behaviors. Some of the behaviors observed are: the feeling of being accompanied, parental care and sexual intercourse for reproduction and pleasure.
Dolphins never sleep!
Unlike us, dolphins are never fully asleep. They never disconnect from what happens around them. When they sleep, only one of the hemispheres in their brain goes to rest, while the other is kept in visual and auditory alert to detect the presence of predators or to keep breathing.
They have an extremely developed hearing
Dolphins’ auditory and nervous systems process sounds faster than our own, due to their echolocation ability. The range of hearing of a healthy human being is between 15 and 20,000 Hz, while a dolphin's range goes from 75 to 150,000 Hz. They can detect objects at a distance of up to 70 meters approximately.
Dolphins are too sensitive!
Dolphins’ sense of touch is very well developed and it is thought that the areas around their eyes, blowhole, rostrum, and genitalia are the most sensitive, since they present a greater concentration of nerve terminals.
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Some characteristics of dolphins
- They are mammals
- They can measure from 1 to 5 meters long
- They can reach a weight of 70 to 110 kilograms
- Their elongated bodies make them great swimmers
- They have a lot of energy
- They are very social and playful
- They can swim as deep as 260 meters
- They can remain up to 15 minutes without breathing before coming to the surface to take a breath. They are warm-blooded animals, and to maintain their temperature they have a thick layer of fat.