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Dolphins - The friendly sea mammals

Updated on July 16, 2011

The dolphins are very playful and friendly sea animals and very popular amongst the humans. They are also very intelligent and have a cute smile and most loved by children. The dolphins mostly consume fish and squids. The dolphin shows have been loved and adored by the people all around the world. Their quick movements and graceful flips in the water and antics simply leave you spell bound. Their interaction and response to humans and playful nature makes it all the more adorable to watch.

Dolphins have also found a mention in mythology and beloved to be the protectors and guides of ships at the sea. They say dolphins can detect calm seas and guide the ships to safety and also save them from sharks. There were ships that the sharks always led to safety. It was believed that harming a dolphin deliberately or by mistake brought bad luck and the ship was sure to wreck.

DOLPHIN PRINTS MERCHANDISE

They have been a muse amongst the photographers as well and their amazing dives at the sea have been brilliantly captured. The famous arc that the dolphin forms has been a favourite and used for various merchandises. There are dolphin watches, dolphin tea mugs, t shirts, and even Dolphin Toilet Seat.

They are very popular amongst the women as well. Dolphin jewellery is very popular and there are all sorts of dolphins encrusted with precious stones, crystal and even gold plated. A lapis lazuli dolphin encrusted in silver frame pendent looks awe some. Whenever you think of an aquatic theme, cannot leave out a dolphin.

Kids also love dolphins and there are many merchandise for the kids in dolphin shapes. There are also the dolphin tattoos which you can stick onto a blue toilet seat or a blue mug or any object that you wish to convert into an aquatic themed product.

HOW TO DRAW A DOLPHIN DESIGN

Create the basic shapes as given here and then construct the remaining details over the given guideline.
Create the basic shapes as given here and then construct the remaining details over the given guideline.
Once the basic details are done you add the finer details and nuances to it.
Once the basic details are done you add the finer details and nuances to it.
Complete the drawing and clean away the basic frame. Add colour according to your choice. You can use the dolphin design to create a painting, embroidery and even tattoos.
Complete the drawing and clean away the basic frame. Add colour according to your choice. You can use the dolphin design to create a painting, embroidery and even tattoos.

An Amazing Dolphin Show at Dolphin Discovery

Some Interesting Facts About The Dolphin




The dolphins are considered to be the most intelligent animals based on their behavioural patterns, in captivity as well as the wild.

The dolphin communicates via clicks whistles and burst-pulsed sounds. Some dolphin species can be identified with their signature whistles.


Dolphins produce clicks that are directional and useful to locate the dolphin via the echo sounds. They are the marine animals that create the loudest sounds that are made by marine creatures. They can detect under water sound from a distance as far as 15 miles.


The dolphins have an hemispherical sleeping pattern. Half the brain sleeps while the other half is awake and then vice versa. Thus they swim and sleep simultaneously.

They are amazingly acrobatic creatures and jump out of water to great height, they flip and dive and put up magnificent shows.


They create excellent bubble rings and this ability has been tapped and they put up excellent bubble shows

Many movies have been made on the dolphins like The Day Of The Dolphin in 1973 and the seaQuest DSV in 1977

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      I heard that dolphins sleep with one eye open, now got it. It is interesting that they can swim and sleep simultaneously. I also know that diving with dolphins is a lot of fun and that is one of my dreams. Voted up and interesting.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi molometer!! thank you for the lovely :)) the dolphins are very friendly and playful, its a very enjoable experience. Watching them from a distance doing their acrobatics is eaually fun!!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Carrie,

      What a lovely hub and the drawing tutorial was very interesting.

      I liked the video. Dolphins are so smart.

      My wife had an encounter with a dolphin and she was moved to tears by the experience. She said it was truly amazing.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi stephaniedas!! I havent seen the documentry but read about it!! the BBC has reported so much about it!! But the people are in no mood to give up the lucratie buisness.Dolphins are such beautiful animals they shouldnt be hunted down!! It is immencely delightful to see the dolphins swim and do all sorts of acrobatics!!

      Carrie

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi husky!! thank you so much!! hope you befriend a couple of dolphins there:)) have fun friendly and happy winter holidays!!

      carrie

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      This is a great tribute to dolphins. I haven't had the experience of meeting one face to face, but I live near the beach and have always enjoyed seeing them swim by and jump up out of the water. I saw a beautiful documentary about dolphin fishing in Japan, I believe it was called "The Cove". Since dolphins are so near and dear to us, this documentary will probably leave you heart broken, but it will also inspire you to work in favor of these awesome animals. Great hub, voted up and beautiful.

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      Husky1970 5 years ago

      Interesting information on dolphins, carriethomson. They certainly are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

      This hub made me look forward to our winter retreat to Hilton Head Island, where we frequently see dolphins on our bike rides down the beach.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey james thank you so much!! yep great creatures and i absolutely love to watch the dolphin acrobatics in water :)) wish i could do that it must be fun:)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I so enjoyed your wonderful article about dolphins. I learned a lot about these magnificent creatures. I found this most interesting:

      "The dolphins have an hemispherical sleeping pattern. Half the brain sleeps while the other half is awake and then vice versa. Thus they swim and sleep simultaneously."

      No kidding!? Amazing. I had no idea.

      Thank you for this fun and educative Hub. It is very good. :-)

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for taking time to read through and leaving a note!! glad you found my hubs interesting!!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub! Dolphins are definitely friendly sea mammals.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      yes i second your thoughts.. thanx for the visit and the comment. glad that the hub was of intrest for you.

      carrie

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      Vijay Anand Baree Sunnyasi 6 years ago from Perth

      I love dolphins from childhood..they are the coolest mammals..

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hello!! yes the dolphins share many similarities with humans, one of which is that they can recognise themselves in the mirror. it is said that the dolphins have a good iq, and apart from the apes they are also considered one of the species that were at the origin of our evolution.

      thanx lord! for mentioning it, and you too have a wonderful day.

      carrie

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Love the fact that.wayy back in Evolution, these mammals were our close relatives...talking about million of years ago!

      Hve a sweet day!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey prasetio thanx for linking the hub and also for the vote up! keep visiting :D

      carrie

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love dolphin. This was beautiful sea animals. Dolphin is one of sea creatures in mammals categories. Nice review form you and thanks for share with us. I really enjoy the video above. Vote up!

      Prasetio

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey sunbeams!! thank you soo much!! the design's tattoo art made by a tattoo artist!! but can be used for embroideries and stuff!!

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      sunbeams 6 years ago from Cairns , Australia

      Amazingly well written hub!No idea these creatures swim and sleep. You have done so much of research on the topic.Has the completed drawing been done by you ?

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey celeBritys4africA.. thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment..glad you liked it..

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The dolphins are so smart and very friendly. Thanks for a great hub.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey alicia..nice to see you..well yes the dolphin toilet seat. and there are many more varieties of dolphin merchandise..and thanks for the vote.. for your valuable comment and taking time to read..and also for loving the dolphins as well as the dolphin seat..:)

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for an enjoyable hub, carrie, which I voted interesting. I love dolphins. They're such clever and fascinating animals. I like the dolphin toilet seat - that would make a bathroom look cheerful!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      oh yes nell, the variety of topics and the expertise with which you write.. it does seem like that.. thanx for taking time to read the hub and the wonderful comment..

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, that sounds a bit like me! two parts of their brain, one asleep and one awake! lol seriously this was a lovely hub, I loved the drawings, thanks nell

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey thanx movie master for such generous comments.. yes.. sleeping and swimming at the same time is a wonderful thing, but its a bit dangerous to try and sleep while swimming, so what you can do is dream about swimming while you sleep..:-) sleeping will be fun i guess..

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi carrie, I love and admire the dolphin they are such wonderful intelligent animals, I thought their sleeping pattern was really interesting and having thought about it I reckon I do that!!!! very enjoyable hub and voting up.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey!! iZeko.. thanx for commenting.. nature(plants, trees, animals, environment and even humans) has so many unbelievable and intresting stuff in store.. we just need to explore and appreciate :-)

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Wow, they can swim and sleep at the same time! Interesting! I also like the dolphin design tutorial.