The family life of dolphins



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And the baby is the star attraction !

The baby dolphin has just been born.
His mother and auntie push him very quickly to the surface because he has to breathe air straightaway. Dolphins are mammals like you and me.
The life in the water like fish but they are warm-blooded and they give their little ones milk.

However, there is one small difference: you have a nose in the middle of your face. The dolphin has a nose which opens out on the
top of his head. This little hole is called a « blowhole » and it is through this that he breathes.

When a baby arrives, it’s time to celebrate ! Everyone gathers around it and congratulates the young mother by dancing with her.

The older sisters, the grandmother, the uncles and the fathers, all take very good care of the new born. He is still very fragile and therefore has to drink a lot of milk so that he can grow very, very quickly.

The baby dolphin stays near his mother and within the family for a long time, from ten to fifteen years, sometimes. There is so much to learn before becoming an adult!

For it is not so easy to live in the middle of the ocean : you need to know how to hunt fish, how to speak to other dolphins, how to fight sharks and how not to get lost in the ocean during heavy storms !
The baby dolphin has to learn all of that!


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