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23 Fun Facts You Should Know About Dolphins

Updated September 23, 2021 19.6k views23 items

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear "dolphin"? Would you say Flipper? Or maybe you'd go with SeaWorld? These are about the closest interactions most of us have had to these amazing marine mammals. But they are so much more than trick performing and problem solving beauties. With over 43 species of dolphins living in all parts of the world these creatures are full of surprises. Check out this list of the most fun dolphin facts and learn why these animals are kings and queens of the ocean. 

This list of the most random dolphin facts will make you want to play with these sea creatures immediately. They are extremely smart and excellent communicators. Their list of unique traits goes on and on, no surprise as they're one of the smartest and most agile mammals in the world.

Did you know they communicate with clicks and even give themselves names? They also have 100 teeth and two stomachs, but swallow all their food whole. In addition, these animals are very similar to humans. Did you know that they even cry and can differentiate between sweet and sour? This is only the beginning in the long list of interesting dolphin facts.

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    Dolphins Can Swim Incredibly Fast

    Dolphins have been observed swimming at 33 feet per second, for as long as seven seconds at a time! They get the power they need for these high speeds thanks to their powerful tails.

    Source: National Geographic
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    Dolphins Have Two Stomachs

    One stomach is used to store the food they eat and the second is used for digestion. In this way, dolphins are similar to cows on a farm (cows have four stomachs, though)!

    Source: Dolphins World
  • Photo: Instituto Boto Cinza / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5

    Dolphins Heal Very Fast

    Dolphins have been observed healing quickly after life threatening bites from sharks. Research shows this is thanks to their skin and blubber having antibacterial properties and their ability to cut off blood flow by swimming deep.

    Source: Live Science
  • Dolphin Teeth Act Like an Antenna

    Dolphins have between 80 and 100 teeth each. The configuration of their teeth means they function as an antenna to receive incoming echolocation clicks.

    Source: Understand Dolphins