Dolphin Facts for Kids

This page will help you learn more about dolphins.

How many teeth do dolphins have?

There are dolphins with 8 teeth and there are some with 250. Bottlenose dolphins have 72-104 teeth. They only get one set of teeth for life. Dolphins do not use their teeth to chew their food like you and I do. They use their teeth to catch their food and then they swallow it whole.

Do dolphins drink water?

Dolphins do not drink water like we do because most of the water they swim in is saltwater. Yuck! Instead, dolphins get all of the water they need from the fish they eat. They may choose to eat different types of fish depending on the amount of calories and water they need.

Can dolphins see above the water?

They sure can! Bottlenose dolphins have excellent vision both above and below the water. When dolphins look at objects under the water, they produce an oily substance that covers their eyes to protect them. Dolphins can also see very well at night, just like cats and dogs.

Can dolphins see colors?

Yes and no. Studies show that dolphins can see in shades of grey, as well as the blue-green spectrum.

Do dolphins have hair?

Dolphins are mammals so they must have hair, right? Well, it is true that they are mammals, but dolphins only have hair when they are first born. This hair is found on the top of the rostrum, which is the dolphin’s mouth, and falls out within two weeks. Dolphins do not grow any other hair for the rest of their lives.

Are dolphins fish?

No. Dolphins are mammals just like you and I. Dolphins breathe air, give birth to live young, nurse their babies with milk, have hair at some point in their life, and have a constant body temperature (are warm blooded).



 

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