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Dolphins captured on camera at Pukehina

A screenshot from the video Tori Mouat sent SunLive.

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A Te Puke school on camp has been treated to one of nature’s beautiful sights.

Tori Mouat sent a video to SunLive of dolphins frolicking just off Pukehina Beach.

“Rangiuru School are on their school camp.

“We went swimming and as we were ready to leave, there were dolphins swimming and jumping within about 20m of the shore!

“Was totally awesome!”

Dolphin facts

  • Compared to other animals, dolphins are believed to be very intelligent.
  • Dolphins are carnivores (meat eaters).
  • The Killer Whale (also known as Orca) is actually a type of dolphin.
  • Bottlenose dolphins are the most common and well known type of dolphin.
  • Female dolphins are called cows, males are called bulls and young dolphins are called calves.
  • Dolphins live in schools or pods of up to 12 individuals.
  • Dolphins often display a playful attitude which makes them popular in human culture. They can be seen jumping out of the water, riding waves, play fighting and occasionally interacting with humans swimming in the water.
  • Dolphins use a blowhole on top of their heads to breathe.
  • Dolphins have excellent eyesight and hearing as well as the ability to use echolocation for finding the exact location of objects.
  • Dolphins communicate with each other by clicking, whistling and other sounds.
  • Some dolphin species face the threat of extinction, often directly as a result of human behavior. The Yangtze River Dolphin is an example of a dolphin species which may have recently become extinct.
  • Some fishing methods, such as the use of nets, kill a large number of dolphins every year.

-Information from www.sciencekids.co.nz

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