What Countries Do Dolphins Live In?

Dolphins do not live in countries; they live in oceans and rivers. Almost all 40 of the dolphin species live in oceans around the world, but there are a few species that live in the Yangtze River in China and rivers in South America. There are also countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific that keep dolphins in captivity.

In their natural environments, different species of dolphins live in various oceans. For example, Bottlenose dolphins live in the coastal areas of all of the oceans — the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and even the Arctic — while Spinner dolphins are found only in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Dolphins are kept in captivity at many aquariums, zoos or theme parks across the world. Egypt and South Africa are two African countries with captive dolphins. Many countries in Asia hold dolphins, including Armenia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. European countries with captive dolphins include Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Ukraine. In North America, dolphins are held in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Dolphins also can be found in captivity in countries in the Pacific Rim, such as Australia, Palau and French Polynesia. In South America and the Caribbean, captive dolphins can be found in Anguilla, Argentina, Belize, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Peru and Venezuela.