Delphinidae – Oceanic dolphins
Captured the hearts and minds of humans for centuries, with bubbly personalities and intelligence challenging our own
Oceanic dolphins are incredibly social and cooperate with pod members during play, hunting, and raising their calves. They pass down their unique culture and can teach, learn, love, and grieve. Dolphins care for sick and injured family members and even save humans from shark attacks.
Dolphins are self-aware because they recognize themselves in a mirror. Young dolphins learn to communicate using sound and develop a signature whistle, their name. Dolphins refer to each other by name and can remember the names of other dolphins as much as 20 years later. They are the most intelligent animals on the planet, after human beings.
Genera in this family
Commonly they are known as the striped, spotted, and spinner dolphins
Often described as having a “smiling” appearance due to their unique facial features
Inhabits both freshwater and marine environments
They are also called ‘killer whales’ for their ability to take down large animals, such as whales