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How do Animals Have Sex Underwater?
Speed, angle, and agility combat the difficulties of aquatic mating.
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Whistling Caterpillars And 5 More Surprisingly Musical Species
The shrill sound has many purposes in nature, from deterring predators to deepening bonds.
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Now We Know How Dolphin Genitals Fit Together
The study—one of the first of its kind in more than a century—sheds light on how mammals evolved to reproduce in water.
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What happens when you give dolphins LSD?
How Neuroscientist John C Lilly’s attempts to communicate with dolphins prompted large-scale conservation.
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Another Baby Dolphin Killed By Selfie-Seeking Tourists
Seriously, stop taking photos with wild animals.
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82 Dolphins Die in Mysterious Mass Stranding
Researchers don’t yet know what caused the animals to beach themselves.
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World's Oldest Known Orca Presumed Dead
J2, the killer whale known as Granny, avoided being sold to a marine park in the 1960s and went on to lead a pod of orcas for another half century.
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Dolphins Recorded Having a ‘Conversation?’ Not So Fast.
A researcher in Russia claims to have evidence that dolphins can use words and sentences, but marine mammal experts remain unconvinced.
About Dolphins

There are over 40 species of dolphin that exist today and they come in all shapes and sizes. Species range from 1.7 metres and 50 kilograms to 9.5 metres and 10 tonnes.

Dolphins are aquatic mammals that give birth to live young. A dolphin’s gestation period can last between 11 and 17 months depending on the species. Dolphins give birth to a single calf and nurse them for up to 18 months. Besides humans, dolphins are the only mammals known to engage in non-reproductive sexual activity.

Dolphins are very social and intelligent creatures. They live in groups called pods and communicate with each other through an array of different vocalisations. Dolphins have been known to help other sick or injured dolphins by lifting them up to the surface for air.

Dolphins use echolocation to sense their surroundings. By making a clicking sound, they can sense the echo that comes off an object or prey, which helps them sense how big the object is as well as where they are.

In countries like Japan, dolphins are hunted for their meat, which is unsustainable and endangering. Dolphins are also under threat from by catch and pollution.

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