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The Life Cycle of a Dolphin

Have ya ever wondered what the life cycle of a dolphin is?

Cassandra E.

on 26 May 2013

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Transcript of The Life Cycle of a Dolphin

The Life Cycle of a Dolphin Birth Like all mammals, a dolphin starts with being born.
Comes out of their mother with tail first, eyes open.
Baby is pushed to the surface for air immediately.
Bottle nose dolphin is 90-130cm long when born. New Born A new born dolphin is called a calf.
A new baby dolphin able to swim and breath underwater within the first few minutes.
Usually paler than the adult dolphins.
New born has milk from mum often.
Milk is very rich, so calf grows very fast. Young Dolphin Dolphin has milk from mum for 1.5-2years.
Can eat crustaceans from 6months+.
Usually stays with mum for around 10 years.
Mother protects and cares for calf, as well as other female pod members.
3-8 years for dolphin to reach puberty and mate. Calf pushed to the surface for air, immediately Adult Dolphin Have several mates.
Pregnancies take 10-17 months, depending on species.
Give birth to 1 calf every 2 years.
Bottle nose dolphin adults grow up to around 4m long.
Female dolphins give birth to calf... Facts... Mammals, not fish.
Warm blooded- like humans.
Social animals living in pods.
Breathe through their blowhole, located on top of head.
Communicate- whistling, body language.
Main predators- sharks and (sadly) people. Sharks kill for eating, people kill for food, fishing.
Use their echolocation (sonar) to find fish. Sound bounces back to them. Similar to cars beeping when too close to something. Bibliography http://www.whalefacts.org/dolphin-life-cycle/
Google Images Then it starts again...
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