Welcome to my web site all about some of the most amazing animals on planet Earth--dolphins! It might surprise some people to know that there is no such thing as a dolphin. No, that's not a typo--there really is no such thing as a dolphin! At least, not in the sense that we think it. The term "dolphin" refers to any and all animals of the Delphinoidea family. What everyone thinks of when they hear the word dolphin is the bottle-nosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), immortalized by the famous television star Flipper, but there are actually about 34 species in this family, depending upon who you ask--from the 1.2 m (4 ft) tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis) to the 9 m (30 ft) orca or killer whale (Orcinus orca). There used to be 32, but two species (the common dolphin and the pilot whale) split as scientists learned more about them. Click on the links below to learn more about the species.
The purpose of this site is to educate you, the reader, about these amazing animals. If you think that there should be something here that isn't, please feel free to e-mail me at this address.
That's just about it for now. Hope you have fun and learn something!
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The species of dolphin are:
Atlantic Hump-backed Dolphin (Sousa teuszii)
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)
Black Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia)
Bottle-nosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Clymene Dolphin (Stenella clymene)
Commersonís Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)
Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)
False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Fraserís Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei)
Heaviside's Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)
Hectorís Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori)
Hourglass Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus cruciger)
Indo-Pacific Hump-backed Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)
Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)
Long-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus capensis)
Long-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas)
Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra)
Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissondelphis borealis)
Orca (Orcinus orca)
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
Peale's Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus australis) Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata)
Rissoís Dolphin (Grampus griseus)
Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis)
Short-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Southern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis peronii)
Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)
White-beaked Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)
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