According to the National Marine Life Center, dolphins move by pushing their powerful tail flukes up and down in the water. This tail movement pushes water back and propels the dolphin forward. To steer through the water... More »

The bottlenose dolphin's diet consists primarily of fish and marine invertebrates. Other dolphins eat a variety of foods depending on their species, available food and the methods they have learned for hunting. More »

Among the adaptations of dolphins are hydrodynamic bodies, blowholes on top of their heads, flippers and flukes and echolocation. Some scientists believe that dolphins are able to enjoy the benefits of sleep even while t... More »

Approximately 6 hours after dolphin calves are born, the mothers will begin to nurse their young below the water but close to the surface for at least 4 times each hour for the first 4 to 8 days. Each period lasts anywhe... More »

Dolphins give off high frequency vocalizations or clicks using their nasal passages and listen for echoes reflecting from other surfaces in the water, as noted by Sea World. They use this ultrasound to help navigate thei... More »

Dolphins World cites five possible reasons as to why dolphins jump out of the water: to get a better view over the water, to conserve energy, to play, to get rid of parasites and to communicate with others. More »

According to Sea World, the migration routes of bottlenose dolphins vary and are dependent on factors including season, food supply and water temperature. Some coastal dolphin populations that live in colder waters appea... More »