Q:

How many types of dolphins are there?

A:

Quick Answer

There are 42 species of dolphins in the world. There are 38 species of marine dolphins and four species of river dolphins. The normal habitat for dolphins is saltwater, but some do live in freshwater. Dolphins are generally found in the shallow coastal waters of warm locations.

Continue Reading
How many types of dolphins are there?
Credit: Gerard Soury Oxford Scientific Getty Images

Full Answer

The most commonly known dolphin is the bottlenose. This is the species most often seen in aquariums, and these dolphins are very intelligent and easy to train. The striped dolphin is believed to have the highest population, while the spinner dolphin has amazing acrobatic ability. In 2011, a new dolphin species, the Burrunan dolphin, was discovered near Australia.

Learn more about Marine Mammals

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a bottlenose dolphins niche?

    A:

    The ecological niche of the bottlenose dolphin is the role and position the species has in its environment. This includes how it meets its needs for food and shelter, how it survives, how it interacts with the biotic and abiotic factors of its environment.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some facts you can tell kids about dolphins?

    A:

    The Delphinidae family contains 36 species of dolphins, including killer whales. Dolphins travel in groups called pods and use echolocation to navigate the ocean. They communicate with one another using distinct whistles, clicks, grunts, moans and other sounds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a dolphin's habitat?

    A:

    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.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do whales live?

    A:

    Whales can be found in all of the world's oceans, but the specific location depends on the species of whale. Sperm whales can be found in all of the oceans of the world, for example, with male populations found primarily in the equator and polar regions, and young whales and females located mainly in temperate regions. Blue whales live off the coast of California, migrating to Costa Rica and Mexico.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore