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    Sleeps with an eye open

    Most dolphins that live in oceans sleep with one eye open and the other closed.
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    Tail first

    A dolphin calf is born tail-first to prevent drowning
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      Killer whales

      Orca is the largest member of the dolphin family. Orcas is also known as 'killer whales' because they are known to prey on baby whales
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        Got milk!

        A female dolphin squirts milk into the mouth of it's calf using muscular contractions.
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      Unicorn ahoy

      Midieval sailors believed that the narwhal dolphin was unicorn as it has a large ivory tusk protruding from its mouth
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      Sacred fish

      Killing a dolphin in ancient Greece was considered sacrilegious and was punishable by death. The Greeks called them hieros ichthys ('sacred fish')
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      Fish with a womb

      The name “dolphin” came from the Greek word 'delphys' (meaning “womb”) as Greeks thought it was a 'fish with a womb'
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      Smallest dolphin

      Maui's dolphin, a sub-species of Hector's dolphin, is the world's smallest dolphin. It is the world's rarest dolphin
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      They move in pods
      A group of dolphins hunting together is called a pod. A typical pod will have 10 to 30 dolphins. Megapods of hundreds of dolphins are also recorded. One megapod of about 3000 dolphins was once observed in the Pacific ocean
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      Baby ahoy

      A mature female dolphin gives birth every 2 to 3 years and have as many as eight birth cycles in its lifetime.
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      click..click..click
      A dolphin can produce whistles for communication and clicks for sonar at the same time, which would be like a human speaking in two voices and holding two different conversations
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      No drink, please
      Dolphins that live in salt water do not drink water as drinking salt water can make them sick and can even kill them! Dolphins get most of their water from their food.
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      Water hazard

      Just a tablespoon of water in a dolphin’s lung could drown it
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      Best swimmers

      Dolphin carries more oxygen in its blood than a fish and can swim longer than a fish and hence dolphin is a better swimmer than a fish
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      Nose talk

      Dolphin uses its mouth for eating and nose (blowhole) for communicating.
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      New skin, please
      A dolphin's outermost skin layer will be replaced every two to four hours to get rid of any algae and bacteria that tend to stick to the skin. This also reduces the drag and improves the speed.
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      clicks..clicks..clicks
      Dolphins use 'echolocation' to navigate. Dolphins emit high-pitched clicks then use the echos that bounce-back from objects in the water to determine the location of those objects.
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      Born with a beard

      Dolphins are born with a few hairs on their chins, proving that hair is what makes a mammal a mammal
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      friend indeed

      If a dolphin gets sick, its family and friends take turns to pushing it to the surface to breathe
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      Signature

      Every dolphin develops its own unique signature wistle to identify itself when communicating with others
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      Brother hippo
      Dolphins evolved from land animals. The land ancestor of the dolphin lived about 50 million years ago and looked a little like a wolf. Their closest living land relative is the hippopotamus.
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      Janus

      Dolphin's eyeballs move independently of each other. They can look ahead and look back at the same time
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      My teeth..my age
      Dolphins have about 36 to 52 teeth on the upper jaw and about 30 to 48 teeth on the lower jaw. We can determine the age of a dolphin by counting rings in its teeth.
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      Let's party

      Dolphins are one of very few species that are known to engage in sex for pleasure and bonding
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      Smell you later

      Dolphins don’t have a sense of smell, but they do have a sense of taste and can distinguish between sweet, sour, bitter, and salty tastes.
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      Warm-blooded

      Dolphins are warm-blooded and their body temperature is about 37 ℃ (98 ℉), which is the same as that of humans
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      Trip to bottom

      Dolphins can hold their breath for about 7 - 10 minutes.
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      Vision

      Dolphins see quite well both below and above the water.

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