Dolphins and whales squeal with pleasure when they are rewarded with fish, say scientists who claim to have shown that the sound expresses emotion. Initially, squeals emitted by the animals when offered tasty fish treats were thought to be signals communicating the presence of food. But new research suggests that the sounds could in fact be cries of delight.
This is cool! You can now see the world through an animal’s eyes: Bizarre metal helmets give you the 360° vision of a hammerhead shark - and even the blind-spot of a racing horse. They are crafted from aluminium with carefully positioned mirrors inside. Different shapes enable people to experience the 360° vision of a shark, elevated view of a giraffe and a horse's curious blind spot!
A recent study into captive Killer Whales has shown that they learn to “talk” like dolphins when they live together! Three young killer whales at different marine parks changed the patterns of sounds they made so that their repertoires were more like those of their bottlenose dolphin companions. They clicked and whistled more than killer whales that did not mix with dolphins.
Have you heard about the cows who Moo with a Somerset drawl or the birds with regional British accents? Now scientists say that dolphins living off the coast of Wales have developed a Welsh dialect. The dolphins’ distinctive inflection was discovered by researchers trying to build a dictionary of nearly 2,000 whistles. After studying the 240 dolphins in Cardigan Bay, they found that the mammals had their own unique series of Welsh dialect whistles, different from other dolphins around Britain.
Before the discovery of oil, the #UAE had a rich history of pearl diving. This tradition is closely associated with the sport of #freediving, where highly-trained athletes see how far they can dive on a single breath of air. The world record is an amazing 281 meters! How deep do you think #dolphins can swim? Tell us what you think and you could #WIN a pair of tickets to see one of our spectacular shows!
Our #dolphins are great singers – if you’ve seen one of our amazing shows then you will know this! But did you know the high-pitched clicking noise they make is a form of echolocation to locate objects, such as prey and obstacles. Some dolphins can emit up to 700 clicks per second! How amazing is that? #SingingSeaMammals Dubai Creek
Calling all you history buffs out there! Do you know what happened on this day in 44BC? The 15th March 44BC is the date of “The Ides of March”, more commonly known as the day when the famous Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated. The events of this day changed the course of history for ever… if only our amazing illusionist Max had been there to help – he could have used his “Blades of Doom” to save Caesar! #MarvellousMax #Dubai
Did you know…? #Dolphins have very delicate skin and it can easily be damaged by contact with other surfaces. BUT like some superheroes you read about in comic books and see in films, they also have a super fast healing process for their bodies that will repair even deep wounds like shark bites. This ability has dumfounded experts who still don’t really know how it works when other animals would haemorrhage! #SuperDolphins
Did you know…? Dolphins don't breathe automatically - they breathe when they tell themselves to breathe. When dolphins sleep, they lie on their side with their blowhole above the water surface. They sleep with only half of their brain at time, and they take turns sleeping with different sides of its brain. The other half stays awake so the dolphin remembers to breathe. This also means that dolphins cannot receive anesthetics because they will stop breathing. Wow, aren’t dolphins amazing?
Thank goodness it’s Thursday dolphin fans! #TGIT To celebrate the weekend, we’ve got fact number five about Trail Stocker – our amazing Animal Educator. Top Ten Trail Trivia – Fact Five: Our Trail has had many wild and wonderful jobs before joining us at #DubaiDolphinarium – he has even had his own taste at fame! In the UK he worked on the set of ‘Wild At Heart’ training the elephants and giraffes in the UK TV show!