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How Do Dolphins Swim?

Dolphins are excellent swimmers and can be seen swimming at high speeds. Lately, I have been researching their swimming techniques and wanted to share some research here. Dolphins have many adaptations that allow them to swim. They have very little hair, few external appendages, a blubber layer that helps them float, along with powerful tails …

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Why Do Dolphins Swim Alongside Boats?

Hugely intelligent and lots of fun, many people dream of seeing dolphins. As a result, there’s an increase in the number of holidaymakers wanting to spend time with these creatures, and with it, the choice of holidays across the world is growing. Dolphins are often seen swimming alongside boats, and I wanted to find out …

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Why Do Narwhal’s Have a Horn?

Narwhals have a horn or tusk that protrudes from their front. In this article, we look at why narwhals have a horn and what they use it for. Narwhals use their horns for echolocation, sparring, mating rituals, and other uses. For more information on how narwhal’s use their horn, please read on. Narwhals are medium-sized …

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Which Dolphins Live In North America?

You can see dolphins in many places in North America, and I wanted to find out exactly which species are common. I was surprised to find how many species of dolphins there are. There are sixteen species of dolphins that can be found around North America. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Atlantic White-sided Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin Clymene …

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What Are The Different Groups Of Marine Mammals?

There is some discussion over how many groups of marine mammals there are. Some organizations say four; others say five. They all include the same mammals, so I wanted to research what these are. NOAA recognizes four different groups: cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), sirenians (manatees and dugongs), and marine fissipeds (polar bears and sea otters). The Marine Mammal Center separates …

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Why Do Whales Migrate?

Whales migrate great distances, and this behavior caught my attention. In this article, we look at why they migrate and their motives for migrating every season.   Migration is the seasonal movement of animals from one place to another. Whales follow the migration of their usual food and to find favorable breeding grounds.   There are over …

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How Do Whales Breastfeed Underwater?

On a recent whale watching trip, I asked one of the guides about how whales breastfeed underwater. His answer intrigued me, so I conducted further research into this when I got back to shore. Whales have inverted nipples inside mammary slits. When the calf is ready to feed, they dive underneath the mother and nudge …

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