Jurgens Pod by Tammara

Jurgens Pod

by Tammara in Wildlife

I had painted the ocean cut scene months ago as part of an ocean animal series I was going to do but hadn't finished. (Yeah I know big shock!) Anyway I promised my friend JurgenDoe http://shadowness.com/JurgenDoe that I would finish the series. I may not do them all but wanted to at least get one more done for him. I painted dolphins for him because they are caring wonderful mammals. So this ones for you snugglebug!(((Hug)))

Dolphins are highly intelligent marine mammals and are part of the family of toothed whales that includes orcas and pilot whales. Dolphins are social, living in pods of up to a dozen individuals. Dolphins can establish strong social bonds; they will stay with injured or ill individuals, even helping them to breathe by bringing them to the surface if needed. This unselfish concern does not appear to be limited to their own species however. The dolphin Moko in New Zealand was observed guiding a female Pygmy Sperm Whale together with her calf out of shallow water where they had stranded several times. They have also been seen protecting swimmers from sharks by swimming circles around the swimmers or charging the sharks to make them go away.

Did You Know?
To prevent drowning while sleeping only half of the dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe And that Like bats, dolphins use echolocation to navigate and hunt, bouncing high-pitched sounds off of objects, and listening for the echoes.

~ If you would like to hear dolphins talk you can here....

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