Celebrate National Dolphin Day with these incredible Facts

Today is National Dolphin Day! We are celebrating these stunning, and intelligent creatures of the sea, by taking a moment to share some interesting dolphin facts.  

1. Dolphins are Born Tail First

After a gestation period of 10-12 months, calves are born tail first or "flukes first" position. The average newborn calf weighs 20-25 pounds.. 

2. Killer Whales are dolphins

Commonly referred to as the Orca, Killer Whales are the largest member of the dolphin family. Newborns can weigh 300 lbs, and some Orcas have been known to have lived to be 90 years old! 

3. There are OVER 40 Species of Dolphins

There are believed to be 43 species of dolphins worldwide, including oceanic dolphins, river dolphins and porpoises.

4. SOME LIVE TO BE 90 years OLD

The average dolphin's life expectancy ranges 15 to 50 years, dependent on species and region. Orcas may live 70-90 years or more, while the Amazon River Dolphin's average life expectancy is only 15-20 years. 

5. DOLPHINS HAVE BETTER MEMORIEs than elephants

According to 2013 research study by Dr. Jason Bruck, dolphins have taken the top spot for the best memory in the animal kingdom. 

6. DOLPHINS CALL EACH OTHER BY NAME

With poor underwater smell, dolphins identify one another by unique whistles, answering when they hear their "name."

7. THEY HAVE STRANGE SLEEPING HABITS 

While one side of a dolphin's brain is in deep sleep, the other side remains fully awake at all times. 

8. DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN ON EARTH FOR 25 MILLION YEARS

According to fossil evidence and ancient drawings dolphins may have existed for 25 million years. 

9. Dolphins do not need to drink water to survive.. 

Salt water dolphins survive on water from their food and burning fat to make it. 

10. DOLPHIns & dogs learn the same way

It would be almost impossible to train a 330 pound dolphin by force. Since the 1960s dolphin trainers have used the same positive method of operant conditioning that modern day Karen Pryor certified dog trainers use to train canines

Learn more about "clicker" training.