Some dolphins migrate seasonally to warmer water, but other dolphin pods will remain within a home base without migrating. Scientists differentiate between coastal dolphins and off-shore dolphins. Coastal dolphins are more likely to migrate than off-shore dolphins, which scientists attribute to the coastal dolphin's smaller body needing warmer waters.Know More
Dolphins will migrate for warmer waters and to follow food sources. The migration patterns are seasonal, with coastal dolphins migrating from the Northern Atlantic coast to the Southern Atlantic coast in the winter.
In warmer coastal regions along Florida, Georgia, Texas and California, most dolphins create home bases and do not leave or stray from these areas. These dolphin communities may stretch over many miles, but the dolphins sense where the home base begins and ends.Learn more in Marine Life
Wild dolphins usually live for between 25 to 30 years, while dolphins in captivity live to be around 40 years old on average. Few dolphins in the wild die of old age.Full Answer >
Dolphins mate in much the same way as humans by expressing sexual attraction and desire, and when the time is right, the male enters the female to deposit his sperm. Unlike human mating, the actual dolphin mating process only lasts a few seconds.Full Answer >
The 42 known species of dolphins live in the waters of oceans and rivers all over the world. Dolphins are found everywhere, from shallow coastal waters to the deep of the open ocean, and they migrate to and from certain areas due to water temperature and food availability.Full Answer >
Evolutionary biologists believe that dolphins emerged 20 to 25 million years ago during the early Miocene period. Modern species may trace to kentriodontids, which are small-toothed whales believed to have the echolocating ability as modern dolphins do.Full Answer >