Dolphins do not breathe underwater. Before they dive, they take a big breath. They hold it while they are underwater.Know More
Dolphins are mammals. Just like all other mammals, they require air to breathe. They breathe air through their blowhole. They return to the surface every few minutes to take another breath. While underwater, the blowhole closes so no water can get into their lungs and cause them to drown.
Since dolphins cannot breathe under water, they have adapted the ability to eat underwater. No air is taken in through the dolphin's mouth, so they are able to catch fish without drowning.Learn more about Marine Mammals
Dolphins belong to the subphylum Vertebrata, meaning that dolphins are animals with backbones. Oceanic dolphins are toothed whales within the family Delphinidae, while river dolphins are included in the family Platanistidae.Full Answer >
Bottlenose dolphins are well-known stars of aquarium shows. Although they're typically shallow divers, they can dive down to 850 feet or so below the ocean's surface and they can also stay underwater for up to 15 minutes. They are social beings who cooperate when nursing their calves and hunting for food.Full Answer >
According to the National Marine Life Center, dolphins move by pushing their powerful tail flukes up and down in the water. This tail movement pushes water back and propels the dolphin forward. To steer through the water, dolphins use their pectoral fins and their dorsal fins.Full Answer >
Dolphins consume anywhere from 4 to 9 percent of their body weight each day, which translates to a daily total of just over 20 pounds and up to 50 pounds daily for an adult bottlenose dolphin weighing 550 pounds. As with other animals, the quantity of food dolphins consume depends primarily on availability of food in their environments. Female dolphins with nursing calves generally consume the most food each day, as they eat up to 8 percent of their body weight, say experts at SeaWorld.Full Answer >