Friday Fun Fact: Beautiful by Design

“If you had a dolphin for a pet, it might take you for a ride.” [1]

Such words may be enough to seal any second grader’s zeal for dolphins.  It did mine, and I have been admiring these beautiful creatures ever since!

Dolphins can hold their breath for up to twenty minutes.  They use their built-in sonar to locate food by sending out calls that produce echoes from nearby objects.  This method is referred to as echolocation.

Dolphins eat fish and squid, which I once fed a bottlenose dolphin named Misty (who, judging by her smiling countenance and friendly persondolphinality, thoroughly enjoyed being at Sea World).

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[1] From the back cover of a Scholastic Book on dolphins.