What is a dolphin's habitat?


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Most species of dolphin thrive in temperate and tropical salt water around the world, though some species, such as the rapidly disappearing river dolphins, live in fresh water. Most saltwater dolphins stay in shallow areas of the sea found along the continental shelves.

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What is a dolphin's habitat?
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Although found mostly in warmer waters around the world, their habitat is diversified due to food accessibility and environmental factors. Scientists classify bottlenose dolphins as coastal or offshore ecotypes. Coastal dolphins thrive in warm shallow waters, and they are normally seen in harbors, bays and lagoons. Offshore dolphins, however, are adapted to living in colder waters. The killer whale, which belongs to the oceanic dolphin family, lives in the freezing waters of the Arctic and Antarctic regions as well as in tropical seas.

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