There’s nothing like the sight of dolphins jumping up out of the water.
Whether it’s in the ocean or at a place like Sea World, dolphins are extremely beautiful and entertaining to watch.
These intelligent animals are also heavier than you might think.
How much does a dolphin weigh?
There are over 40 species of dolphin and they are all different sizes and weigh different amounts.
The common bottlenose adult dolphin weighs between 331 and 442 pounds (150 to 200 kg).
Maui’s dolphin is the lightest at an average of 88 to 132 pounds (40 to 60 kg).
At the other end of the scale is the short-finned pilot whale (which is a dolphin).
They can weigh upwards of 2,200 to 6,600 pounds (1,000 to 3,000 kg). That’s as much as the weight of a full-size car!
The largest of all is the Orca. It weighs 16,500 to 22,000 pounds (7,076 to 9,979 kg).
A dolphin will live in a pod or a school with up to eleven others. They have extremely good eyesight both in and out of the water.
They also have much more sensitive hearing than humans and are able to hear frequencies 10 times the level of the human upper limit.
Male dolphins are bulls, females are cows and the young are calves. When a young dolphin is born it will normally stay by its mother’s side for between 3 and 8 years.
The Social Life Of A Dolphin
Dolphins will make friends with other dolphins as well as humans. Dolphins communicate with each other through whistling and clicking.
Each dolphin has a unique name in the form of a whistle. They use these different whistles to call each other.
~ Fun Fact ~
The Killer Whale, or Orca, is not actually a whale but a dolphin.