Dolphins are small toothed cetaceans easily recognized by their curved mouths that give them a permanent “smile”. Most dolphins are marine and live in the ocean or brackish waters along the coast.
Dolphins are social, intelligent, agile, joyful and playful creatures that share many emotional similarities with humans.
Whales are the largest animals on Earth and live in every ocean. The massive mammals range from the 600-pound sperm whale to the colossal blue whale, which can weigh more than 200 tons and stretch up to 30 feet in length—almost as long as a professional basketball court.
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They are mammals and share the group’s defining traits: they breathe air, are warm-blooded, give live birth, suckle their young with milk, and have hair. All are completely aquatic, with specialized adaptations such as fins and tail flukes for aquatic life.
Dolphins live in the world’s seas and oceans, as well as in some rivers. Some species of dolphins prefer to live in coastal areas, others like shallow water but prefer to live far from the coast near shallower areas that are further out to sea.
There are an impressive number of different species of dolphins and they all have their own unique identities and characteristics
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are mammals that look like large fish. They have fins instead of front limbs and no hind limbs at all. They also have a tail that is flattened and forms two flaps called flukes. The tail waves up and down unlike fish whose tails wave from side to side.