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Wild Things: Dolphins

Wild Things: Dolphins - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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There have been TV shows, movies and even a football team dedicated to dolphins. From Flipper to Ecco to the Miami Dolphins, famous dolphins have won over the hearts of people around the world.

There have been TV shows, movies, video games and even a football team dedicated to dolphins. From Flipper to Ecco to the Miami Dolphins, famous dolphins have won over the hearts of people around the world. And let's not forget the millions of dollars generated each year from dolphin tourism. Let's face it - we just can't get enough of these clever marine mammals.

Dolphins are mammals and belong to the same order that whales do, which is the order Cetacea. Just like humans, dolphins breathe air and cannot stay under water for too long or they will die. The longest a dolphin can safely stay under water without getting brain damage is about 15 minutes. The average time for their underwater excursions, though, is about five to eight minutes.

For many years, scientists have studied dolphins to see just how smart they really are. Although a dolphin's brain is actually larger than a human's, they're not as advanced as we are. They do have a very distinct language that they use to communicate with each other but they still depend on echolocation (the use of sound and echoes bouncing back to them off objects,) to "see", much like bats do. This is effective but limits their ability to have visual memories, like humans do. There is still a lot of research that scientists would like to conduct on these intelligent animals.

Where Are Dolphins Found?

There are close to 50 species of dolphins and they can be found all over the world. Rarer species have been found in fresh water such as the Amazon River, the Ganges River and many South American rivers. The more common species of dolphin, such as the Bottlenose, are often found in the tropical waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. As many as 50,000 dolphins live just off the coast of Japan.

Dolphin Quick Facts:

  • A dolphin's snout is called a rostrum.
  • Don't bother trying to race a dolphin - many can reach speeds of up to 25 mph (40 kph.)
  • A Bottlenose dolphin can weigh up to 440 lbs (200 kg.)
  • Dolphins are carnivores that live mostly on fish like, herring, mackerel and sardines. They also enjoy squid and shrimp.
  • Feeding time for dolphins is at night.
  • A dolphin sheds its outer layer of skin every two hours.

1 I would never go near a dolphin. Why would you want to? They are too smart. Dolphins may be used in thereapy to help people, but I personally wouldn't go near one. Don't ask me why, but I don't like dolphins at all. Very informative article, though.

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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Random:
"Nisya-" wrote:It would be a... super-fast-wings so I could fly anywhere and anytime :D SAME!!!! :punk 8) :D [s:p/zxl]
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irisboulevard
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Teleportation. 
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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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