Hey guys! welcome to another video today I'll be sharing with you 10 fun facts about dolphins dolphins play a large part in mythology and many different cultures dolphins were very common throughout Greek mythology and was seen as helpers of the humankind they were seen in palaces in the Minoan civilization they were also symbolized in various coins that have been found through ancient Greece depicting a man or a child riding the back of a dolphin in Rome dolphins were thought to carry souls to the island of the blest and images of dolphins have been found at the hands of Roman mummies I'm assuming. This is to ensure safe passage to the afterlife even now at the modern age many countries still have the dolphin in the heritage and culture the dolphin is depicted in the coat of arms of Angela Romania and Barbados dolphins communicate through whistles pulses and clicks the whistle is used to communicate with other dolphins to just have a chat but what is really interesting is that each dolphin has a unique whistle that helps them identify one another basically the dolphin equivalent of a name in late 2013 there were experiments that showed that bottlenose dolphins kill remember whistles of other dolphins they had lived with after 20 years of separation this field of memories that longest mode in any species other than humans while elephants and chimpanzees probably have similar abilities they just really haven't been tested to this extent.
For now bottlenose dolphins hold the crown of the best memory in the animal kingdom the US Navy trains dolphins under the US Navy marine mammal program which is based in San Diego California military dolphins were used by the US Navy during the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars currently there are about 75 dolphins that are in the program these cute creatures are trained to perform tasks such as ship and harbor protection mind detection and clearance and equipment recovery as you might have guessed the Navy program has been amidst controversy and have had quite a bit of opposition thankfully it has been reported that the program will comfortable closed beginning in 2017 when the mammals will be replaced by robotic mine hunters when a dolphin goes to sleep they have a tail kick reflex and keeps their blowhole above the water what's interesting is that anesthetized dolphins initially show this tail kick reflex which slowly subsides according to the depth of anesthesia coming to a complete stop with attainment of surgical anesthesia on recovery from anesthesia that dolphin starts the swimming motion again in the process of regaining consciousness while. This is cute I wonder if. This is of assistance to the veterinary surgeons as they are able to see the dolphins come out of anesthesia through this physical kick reflex if you do know leave a comment down in the section below as I would love to find out if the killer whale or Orca is the largest member of the dolphin family dwarfing all other species in the family females weigh in at 3 to 4 tons and males weigh in in excess of 6 tonnes what is even more scary is that they have a quickest member of the dolphin family and are able to swim at speeds of up to 55 kilometres an hour to put this in perspective the quickest swimmer in history over a short 50 meter swim travels at around 8 to 9 kilometers an hour and would have no chance of escaping the Orca female Dolphins assist in the birth of baby dolphins if the birth is particularly difficult the dolphin that our suppose would be in that Midwife role will often help pull out the baby are the dolphins in the pod including the ball will actually swim around the mother and Midwife during birth to protect them a baby dolphin is born tail first to prevent drowning. This is because the birthing process is arduous and the baby dolphin if birth head first will have his blowhole exposed after the baby dolphin is birthed the mother breaks the umbilical cord by swiftly swimming away she then immediately returns to her baby and takes it to the surface to breathe a 260 pound dolphin eats approximately 33 pounds of fish daily without gaining anyway, this would be the same as a hundred and eighty pound human being eating approximately 22 to 23 pounds of steak every day dolphins eat various different types of food from squid to fish and even other marine mammals when I say marine mammals can fall prey to dolphins I don't mean the bottlenose dolphin or various other smaller species I am sure many of you connected the dots and realized that was speaking of the Orca the largest and baddest member of the dolphin family that being said the smaller species of dolphins being as clever and intelligent as they are have various different techniques to feast on the fish of the ocean one of which is where a pod of dolphins will envelope a school of fish herding them into a small area called a bait ball the Dolphins then take it in turns to dive in and enjoy their all-you-can-eat buffet if you enjoy those facts about dolphins please leave a like and share this video with your friends if you have a video suggestion do let me know in the comment section below if you want to be kept up to date with content as I release it be sure to subscribe and feel free to watch previous videos thanks for watching.