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Dolphins Interacting With Other Species

Interaction with other species
Bottle-nose dolphins have been seen in groups of toothed whales such as pilot whales, spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, and rough-toothed dolphins. They have been seen riding pressure waves of gray whales, humpback whales, and right whales. They often force Pacific white-sided dolphins away from prime spots in the waves.

Dolphins respond to sharks with tolerance, avoidance, and aggression. Their natural enemies are sharks and killer whales. Tiger sharks elicit the strongest responses from dolphins. Dolphins have been observed attacking, and sometimes killing, sharks in the wild. Some dolphins in the wild regularly solicit attention, such as touching and feeding, from humans.Dolphins have defined home ranges, an area in which they will roam and feed. Though dolphins live in small pods, these pods can be quite fluid and dolphins can be seen interacting with dolphins from other pods from time to time.

Protection and Care
If another bottlenose dolphin is drowning, other dolphins will come to it's aid, supporting it with their bodies so it's blowhole is above the water allowing it to breathe. Large adult males often roam the periphery of a pod, and may afford some protection against predators.


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