Q:

How do dolphins mate?

A:

Quick Answer

Dolphins mate in much the same way as humans by expressing sexual attraction and desire, and when the time is right, the male enters the female to deposit his sperm. Unlike human mating, the actual dolphin mating process only lasts a few seconds.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

When it's time for dolphins to mate, the male begins searching for a suitable mate. He makes clicking sounds to attract the female he has his sights set on. If the female responds to his advances, she will begin vocalizations and exhibiting body language to let him know she is attracted to him. This is known as courting. During the final stages of courting, the female will allow the male to touch her and they will bite each other's fins and rub each other's body to demonstrate mutual attraction. The courting ritual may last a few days or can drag out for weeks.

Learn more about Marine Life

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you tell male and female crayfish apart?

    A:

    To tell male and female crayfish apart, turn them upside down; the male has two tiny extra leg-like protrusions behind the last set of legs. It is safe to have the crayfish out of water for a short time to determine this.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do ladybugs reproduce?

    A:

    Ladybugs mate by the male mounting the female of the species and deposit his sperm. The males are able to hang on to the females' hard wing coverings if the female tries to resist.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do kangaroos mate?

    A:

    Kangaroos mate by the male inserting its penis into the female's vaginal canals and ejaculating sperm. Kangaroos have two reproductive tracts, which lead into two separate wombs. The two vaginas are partially fused at the base, and both accept sperm during mating.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many babies do dolphins have?

    A:

    Dolphins generally give birth to just one baby at a time, which is referred to as a calf. Unlike many animals, dolphins rarely have multiple births. After enduring a gestation period of 9 to 17 months, expectant dolphins part from their pod mates to deliver their offspring alone, typically near the surface of the surrounding water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore