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Dolphin Behavior

Dolphins frequently ride on the bow waves or the stern wakes of boats. This is probably adapted from the natural behavior of riding ocean swells, the wakes of large whales, or a mother dolphin's "slip stream" (hydrodynamic wake). Dolphins have been seen jumping as high as 4.9 meters from the surface of the water and landing on their backs or sides, in a behavior called a breach or breaching.

Bottle-nose dolphins are playful and intellignet, they are easily trained to perform complex tricks and tasks (see: Dolphin Intelligence). Both young and old dolphins chase one another, carry objects around, toss seaweed to one another, and use objects to solicit interaction. Such activity may be practice for catching food. Dolphins spend a large part of their day looking for food, or actually feeding. This is part of their daily activity cycle. Bottle-nose dolphins are active to some degree both day and night. Social behavior comprises a major portion of a dolphin's daily activities. Feeding usually peaks in early morning and late afternoon.

Scouting behavior has been observed in bottle-nose dolphins. An individual may investigate novel objects or unfamiliar territories and "report" back to the pod. As stated before, bottle-nose dolphins may aid ill or injured pod mates. They may stand by and vocalize, or they may physically support the animal at the surface so it can breathe.
(Wild Dolphins)


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