#Dolphins are highly #intelligent marine mammals and are part of the #family of toothed whales that includes orcas and pilot whales. They are found #worldwide, mostly in shallow seas of the continental shelves, and are carnivores, mostly eating fish and squid. #Dolphin coloration varies, but they are generally gray in color with darker backs than the rest of their bodies.
Well known for their agility and playful behavior, making them a favorite of #wildlife #watchers. Many species will leap out of the water, #spy-hop (rise vertically out of the water to view their surroundings) and follow ships, often synchronizing their movements with one another. Scientists believe that dolphins #conserve energy by #swimming alongside ships, a practice known as #bow-riding.
Dolphins live in #social groups of five to several hundred. They use echolocation to find prey and often hunt together by surrounding a school of fish, trapping them and taking turns swimming through the school and catching fish. Dolphins will also follow #seabirds, other #whales and #fishing #boats to feed opportunistically on the fish they scare up or discard.