Dolphins warms our hearts when we see them because they always seem like they’re so happy to see us! These energetic, playful porpoises provide not only joy for people but also help protect the marine ecosystem that is our ocean waters.
Dolphin Day is a day dedicated to dolphins, aimed at educating people about dolphins and how they help protect the oceans.
Learn about Dolphin Day
Dolphin Day has been created so that we can all pay tribute to this amazing mammal. Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures, as well as being wonderfully sociable. You may have even had the opportunity to swim with dolphins before, and so you will have experienced first-hand just how amazing these creatures are.
Dolphins are related to porpoises and whales. They are cetacean mammals, which can be as small as four-feet in size or as big as 30-feet. This is because there are many different species of dolphins. These mammals also prefer shallower seas, which is why there are plenty of opportunities for us to marvel over their beauty.
If you spend some time reading up on dolphins on Dolphin Day, we are sure that you will be amazed by some of the information that you find. Did you know that dolphins have an in-built sonar? Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and locate their food. They essentially “see” the sound, as noise bounces off the dolphin’s surroundings and various objects. Bats also have this superpower as well!
There are plenty of other exciting and interesting facts about dolphins. We would recommend spending some time learning more about the different species of dolphins. A lot of people assume that all dolphins look the same, but this is not the case. There are around 40 different dolphins species. Some dolphins are pink, some are white and black, some have no fin on their back whereas others do, and some have no beak! As you can see, there are a lot of differences, and so it is certainly fascinating to learn about the various types of dolphins.
One of our favorite facts about dolphins is that they call each other names! And no; we don’t mean nasty names! Scientists have discovered that dolphins refer to each other by a given name.
History of Dolphin Day
Listed under the AVMA’s Pet Health Awareness Events, Dolphin Day celebrates the beauty of dolphins. Dolphins exist at the top of the food chain and provide a balance to the marine environment.
They give marine biologists a good look into the current health of the ocean. There are over 40 species of dolphins out there in the wild. Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals that are part of the toothed whale family, which also includes orcas and pilot whales.
Dolphins give birth tail first, have built-in sonar, and use their blubber as a heating and cooling system for their bodies. While the most famous dolphin is the bottlenose dolphin, there are also dolphins that live in freshwater, such as the Amazon river dolphin.
Others include the Ganges river dolphin, and Indus river dolphin, all of which primarily reside in the rivers of the region’s forests. Dolphins also have one of the most complex languages in the animal kingdom. Dolphins have even been known to refer to others by a given name.
Dolphin Day celebrates the uniqueness of these porpoise creatures out in the ecosystem. It aims to educate people about the behavior of dolphins and spread the love for these joyful creatures. Whether you’re on vacation in the tropics or are visiting an oceanarium, this is the time to head over to the dolphins and say hi.
These creatures can help provide a better understanding of humans. Though they exhibit different behaviors and look hugely different, they remind us of our social, friendly behavior they exhibit.