Echo’s Fin

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One of the most recently identified individual dolphins, Echo, appears to have an odd deformity. Echo is very shy and, unlike most of the other dolphins, doesn’t like to come close to you, so we haven’t gotten a good look at his deformity. When we first saw Echo, we thought that he/she had a chopped off dorsal fin, but as we edged closer we noticed that his/her fin appeared to be collapsed. After studying a few of our photos though, Echo’s fin looks like it may be more than just collapsed – Echo appears to have TWO dorsal fins!

It gets way weirder than that. If it’s true that Echo has two fins, they apparently bend over and the ends join together.

We have never seen anything like it before. Echo’s fin could just be collapsed; however, dorsal fin collapse is not common in bottle-nose dolphins.

We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything new.

Bottlenose Dolphin Fast Facts

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Hi everyone! Recently we’ve been working on updating our bottlenose dolphin article with an all new one!

It may be a little while yet before it is finished, so here are a few bottlenose dolphin fast facts:

  • A bottlenose dolphin has about 80-100 teeth
  • Bottlenose dolphins eat fish, squid, and shrimp
  • A bottlenose dolphin can jump over sixteen feet in the air
  • Bottlenose dolphins can swim at speeds of up to 25 m.p.h

Question Contest Answer

Congratulations Lolli! You correctly answered this lateast question contest!

Nellie, a dolphin living at Marineland in St. Augustine, Florida, died at the age of sixty-one. Seeing as to how the average bottle-nose dolphin lives to about thirty or forty (some may reach fifty years) that’s pretty old! Thankfully, we were able to visit Nellie about a year before she died.

 

Picture of the Week

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