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Is a dolphin a carnivore, an herbivore or an omnivore?

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Dolphins are carnivores. They eat a variety of fish, especially flying fish. Catching these flying fish sometimes requires the dolphins to leap out of the water.

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Is a dolphin a carnivore, an herbivore or an omnivore?
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Dolphins are aquatic mammals. There are over 50 species of dolphins, including 12 freshwater species. The common dolphin and bottle-nosed dolphin are the best known species. They possess a fish-like form and hairless body, and they constantly shed their sleek skin to avoid external parasite accumulations. A protective layer of blubber shields them from cold, and they breathe air through a dorsal blow hole. Their tail fins propel them through the water, while their fore fins and dorsal fins steer.

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