Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Dolphin

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

The dolphin is a highly intelligent mammal living in ocean waters around the world. I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the popular bottlenose dolphin, with its “smiling” mouth and friendly appearance! However, many other dolphin species exist as well, including the orca, or “killer whale”, the biggest of the dolphins. There are many things that make this animal very special and truly amazing. Because of their intelligence, dolphins can be taught to do tricks, such as high-flying flips and other acrobatics at aquariums like SeaWorld.



Dolphins are also one of the only animals besides humans who have been spotted creating their own things to play with; dolphins at an aquarium were spotted creating bubble rings in the water, and swimming or jumping through them!

But, don’t let their happy and playful appearances fool you. Dolphins are also aggressive carnivores, eating fish and squid. Dolphins also work together to help catch their prey. They will often herd huge schools of fish into a confined area, and then take turns swimming through the fish, eating as many fish as they can. Dolphins communicate through something called echolocation, sending sound waves through the water to other dolphins. They also use echolocation to determine the size and location of their prey. Also, dolphins are extremely powerful animals, and can swim up to 40 miles per hour. If it’s hunting or being chased, a dolphin can swim as fast as 55 miles per hour, which is almost how fast a car goes on a freeway!

However, the future is not looking good for dolphins. Due to water pollution, hunting, and other human threats, dolphin populations are steadily decreasing, and some species have already gone completely extinct. It is up to us to make sure that this beautiful animal stays alive for generations to come.

If you’d like to learn more about dolphins, please visit http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/bottlenose-dolphin/, where you can see videos of dolphins! Also, many aquariums around the world showcase dolphins. Contact the local aquarium near you to see if there are dolphins you can see!

One comment

  1. Imani Rucker /

    I lover the pictures. When I get older I wanna train them

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