Swimming With Dolphins
Directions: At least 26 different kinds of dolphins live in the world's oceans and-in some cases-rivers. Find out more about these highly intelligent animals below. Click on the links to find each answer. Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper, or the reproducible provided by your teacher.
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1. Did you know that dolphins and whales are
close cousins? Both belong to a group of mammals called _____________,
from a Greek word meaning whale. In fact, dolphins are toothed
Find the answer at: /browse/article.jsp?id=2734#q1
2. Porpoises are also related to dolphins,
but they are very different animals. You can tell them apart because
dolphins have a prominent ________ and a curved or hooked ________________________.
Find the answer at: www.acsonline.org/education/curriculum/dolphins-porpoises.html
3. Dolphins, like other mammals, need air to
survive. Instead of a nose, they use a blowhole located __________________________________.
This lets them take breaths quickly and easily while they swim.
Find the answer at: http://library.thinkquest.org/17963/respiratory-system.html
4. The famous killer whale, or orca,
is actually a dolphin, the biggest dolphin in the world. Its babies
are about ____________ feet long at birth. That s bigger than most
other kinds of adult dolphins!
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5. The most recognizable type of dolphin in
the world is the gray bottlenose, which gets its name from
Find the answer at: www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Bottledolphin.shtml
6. Bottlenose dolphins live in groups called
pods. They are social animals who love to talk to one another!
Find the answer at: www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0108/dolphins2.html
7. A dolphin has a special way of navigating. It uses an organ called the ___________ to send out high-pitched clicks, then hears the sounds bouncing back.
Find the answer at: www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/glossary/Echolocation.shtml
8. Dolphins are very active animals and fast swimmers, so they need a lot of energy. In a single day, most dolphins eat 13 to 33 pounds of ______________________, while orcas eat as much as 100 pounds!
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9. Dolphins are sometimes called ambassadors
of the sea. Why do you think they are so popular withÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â humans?
Find the answer at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin#Dolphin_behaviour
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