Dolphins and whales belong to the order Cetacea. The order Cetacea is broken down into two different groups or sub orders – baleen whales (Mysticeti) and toothed whales (Odontoceti). Dolphins are small toothed whales (Odontocetes) and belong to the family Delphinidae. There are approximately 30 species within this family.
The Koombana Bay dolphins are Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). They have beaks that are short, usually only 7-8 cm long, wide and rounded, with a lower jaw which protrudes conspicuously beyond the upper. The line of the mouth is soft and curves upwards at the back to give this species its familiar, faintly amused facial expression.
Bottlenose dolphins can stay underwater for 8-10 minutes, however the average “down time” is 2 or 3 minutes. When a dolphin dives the blowhole shuts completely, otherwise their lungs would fill with water and they would drown.
VOLUNTEER JOHNS BLOG Had another fantastic day last Saturday at the Dolphin Discovery Centre! I drove in along the ocean drive and, as I glanced at the beautiful ocean and sunny blue sky, I thought
Please be aware that the Marine Matters article published on Thursday 24th November in the South Western Times incorrectly advertised the DDC Open Day for this SATURDAY (26th November). The Open Day was