Fun Facts
Baby Dolphins
More Anatomy: Mouth, Melon, Blowhole, Fins, Belly, Fluke, Inside or Calves

Bottlenose mother and calf
Baby dolphins are called "Calves"


Calves

(BABY DOLPHINS)

Commerson's dolphin and calf
Fun Fact: Commerson's dolphin calves are born black.
The white highlights appear when they get older!

 

Mother dolphins and their babies have a very strong bond.
(However, males and females do not stay together after they mate.)


Bottlenose Dolphin Delivery

We got to watch the birth of real live bottle nose dolphin named, Squirt!
Click here to see the picture we took of
Squirt being born!

Just after birth, the mother will push the calf to the surface to teach it where to breath!


Mommy and calf Bottlenose dolphins
Mother dolphins instinctually push their calf to the surface


Around Florida, baby dolphins are usually born between February and May.
The mother feeds milk to her baby for up to 1 1/2 years,
but the baby starts to eat fish when he’s about six months old.


Commerson dolphin and calf
Commerson Dolphins

The mother won’t have another baby for 2-3 years.
She spends this time teaching the first baby to survive.
Even after she has a new baby, the older brother or sister will stay nearby until it is 4 or 5 years old.

Female dolphins are grown up at 5-12 years old,
but the males don’t grow up until they are 9-13 years old.

The average life span for a dolphin is 20 years.
Many dolphins in the wild live to be 25-years-old.

Adult Bottlenose dolphin can weigh 400-650 pounds. 


Do you know what a baby dolphin is called?

 

Fun Fact for today:


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(Check back tomorrow for another dolphin fun fact!)


ERROR: Random File Unopenable

ERROR: Random File Unopenable

The random file, as specified in the $random_file perl variable was unopenable.

The file was not found on your file system. This means that it has either not been created or the path you have specified in $trrandom_file is incorrect.

 

More Dolphin Anatomy: Mouth, Melon, Blowhole, Fins, Belly, Fluke, Inside or Calves

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